In this fascinating book, John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmary present an original picture of evolution. They propose that during evolution there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These transitions include appearance of the first replicating molecules, the emergence of co-operative animal societies, and the unique language ability of humans. Containing many new ideas, this book is contemporary biology on e grandest scale, from the birth of life to the origin of language.
'The writing is clear, jargon-free and a pleasure to read. If ever a scientific book
merited the hackneyed novel-descriptor "unputdownable", this is it.'