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  • Hodder Press

Why We Die: And How We Live: The New Science of Ageing and Longevity

Venki Ramakrishnan

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Popular philosophy, Sociology: death & dying, Popular science, Biology, life sciences

A major exploration of the science of why and how we age and die - from a Nobel Prize-winning biologist and former president of the Royal Society.

A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST SUMMER READ OF 2024
'Enthralling and packed with insights.' - BILL BRYSON
'A must-read.' - STEPHEN FRY
'Spectacular. Changed my perspective on the whole living world.' - CHRIS VAN TULLEKEN

A groundbreaking exploration of the science of longevity from Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Venki Ramakrishnan
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How can science help us live better and longer?

We are living through an exciting revolution in biology. Giant strides are being made in our understanding of why we age, and why some species live longer than others. Will we soon be able to cheat disease and death and live for a very long time, possibly many times our current lifespan?

In Why We Die, Ramakrishnan takes us on a riveting journey to the frontiers of biology. He explains the latest scientific understanding of exactly why we age and how we might prevent it. He examines the cutting-edge efforts to extend lifespan by altering our natural biology and raises profound questions. Might death serve a necessary biological purpose? As science advances, what will it mean for us all if people start living longer? And how can we increase our chances of living long, healthy and fulfilled lives?

Why We Die is a narrative of uncommon insight and beauty from one of our leading public intellectuals.

'An incredible journey.' - SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE
'Joyfully alive' - STEVE BRUSATTE
'Scientists do not come much more eminent than Venki Ramakrishnan... wonderfully readable... fascinating.' FINANCIAL TIMES

*As heard on BBC Radio 4 Start the Week*

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  • 'Ramakrishnan's writing is so honest, lucid and engaging'

  • 'Witty and enthralling'

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