The Essence of Humanity
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Quest by Charles Pasternak
Book DescriptionAn intriguing work of history, philosophy, and popular science that explores the human desire to quest. Scientists continually look for the genetic factors that make humans so very different in appearance and behaviour from most animals -- the genes that are uniquely human. Respected biochemist and author Charles Pasternak argues that such genes do not exist. Instead, he suggests that it is our desire to quest -- for food and shelter, for knowledge, for wealth, for adventure -- coupled with our unique physical abilities to do so that have controlled our evolution and have led humans to develop away from closely related animals. In this intriguing work of history, philosophy, and popular science, Pasternak uses his extensive biological knowledge to discuss mana s nature and achievements, his genetic makeup, and his evolution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780470851449
(223mm x 148mm x 33mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles Pasternak
What Makes Us Human?, Paperback (October 2007)
In What Makes us Human? some of the world's most brilliant thinkers offer their answers to this perennial puzzle, shedding new light on how and why our ancestors produced such clever, talented, and unlikely progeny.
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An intriguing work of history, philosophy, and popular science that explores the human desire to quest. Scientists continually look for the genetic factors that make humans so very different in appearance and behaviour from most animals -- the genes that are uniquely human.
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Author Biography - Charles Pasternak
Charles A. Pasternak is a biochemist and founding Director of the Oxford International Biomedical Centre. His previous academic experience has included research and teaching posts at the universities of Oxford, London (St George's Medical School), Yale and California (UCSD Medical School). While at St George's Medical School, he was founder and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry, which he later expanded into the Department of Cellular and Molecular Sciences. Charles Pasternak is acclaimed for his pioneering work in membrane research and is a tireless promoter of international collaboration, working with UNESCO, IUBMB and universities worldwide. He is the author of a number of books and is editor--in--chief of a scientific journal. He has recently turned his attention to communicating scientific subjects to a broader readership. Charles comes from a highly talented family. He is nephew of Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago, and grandson of Leonid Pasternak, the Russian Impressionist painter.
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