The Serpent's Promise by Professor Steve Jones

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...Jones's judgment is that holy scripture is a miserable science textbook. If this comes as news to you, then Jones and his publishers have done a good piece of work...
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The Bible was the first scientific textbook of all; and it got some things right (and plenty more wrong). Steve Jones' new book rewrites it in the light of modern science. Are we all descended from a single couple, a real-life Adam and Eve? Was the Bible's great flood really a memory of the end of the Ice Age? Will we ever get back to Methuselah given that British life expectancy is still rising by six hours a day, every day? Many people deny the power of faith, many more the power of science. In this ground-breaking work, geneticist Steve Jones explores their shared mysteries - from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times - and that science offers many of the answers. Erudite and accessible, The Serpent's Promise is a witty and thoughtful account of the ability and the limits of science to tell us what we are.
 

About Professor Steve Jones

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Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College, London and has worked at universities in the USA, Australia and Africa. He gave the Reith Lectures in 1991 and presented a BBC TV series on human genetics and evolution in 1996. He is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph.
 
Published May 2, 2013 by Little, Brown. 448 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math.
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Reviewed by Robin McKie on May 04 2013

...we are asked to believe a number of intellectual contortions including the claim that Genesis was "the world's first biology textbook".

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Reviewed by Steven Shapin on Apr 26 2013

...Jones's judgment is that holy scripture is a miserable science textbook. If this comes as news to you, then Jones and his publishers have done a good piece of work...

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