The Story of How We Became Us
What makes us, us? Why, of all the billion species on the planet, are human beings so special? Well, argues Adam Rutherford, we’re not: we’re just a tiny twig on a 4-billion- year-old tree and even some of the things we think mark us out – communicating, making tools, having sex for fun – are not unique to us. Nonetheless, we’re a pretty interesting crew, as the rollercoaster ride of The Book of Humans shows. Join one of the most exhilarating speakers around to find out more.
In conversation with Helen Lewis, Associate Editor of the New Statesman.
Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science and The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with Dr Hannah Fry. He is the author of two previous books, CREATION, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, and A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED.