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- DescriptionMatt Ridley, acclaimed author of the classics Genome and Nature via Nurture, turns from investigating human nature to investigating human progress. In The Rational Optimist Ridley offers a counterblast to the prevailing pessimism of our age, and proves, however much we like to think to the contrary, that things are getting better.
- Author BiographyMatt Ridley received his BA and D. Phil at Oxford researching the evolution of behaviour. He has been science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor of The Economist. He is the author of bestselling titles The Red Queen (1993), The Origins of Virtue (1996), Genome (1999) and Nature via Nurture (2003). His books have sold over half a million copies, been translated into 25 languages and been shortlisted for six literary prizes. In 2004 he won the National Academies Book Award from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for Nature via Nurture. In 2007 Matt won the Davis Prize from the US History of Science Society for Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code. He is married to the neuroscientist Professor Anya Hurlbert.
- PrizesShortlisted for BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2011.
- Author(s)Matt Ridley
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication27/05/2010
- GenreEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFourth Estate Ltd
- Out-of-print date11/09/2015
- Content NoteWith index
- Weight806 g
- Width159 mm
- Height240 mm
Most relevant reviews
- robcogxxl22 Jun, 2017by
Thought Provoking & Enlightening
I found this book a delightful & thoroughly compulsive read. Matt Ridley’s case was wonderfully argued with all the scholarly apparatus needed to judge its merits. What is more it gave an uplifting vision of the future of mankind, when there is so much gloom being purveyed.
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- mrsteviebcnx31 Oct, 2013by
An antidote to Deep Green Pessimism - read it!
You get the bad news all the time, so this book surprises you by telling how good things are. Don't expect the "we are all doomed" scenarios of the Deep Greens, here is why trade, development and progress will keep on making all of us wealthier, fitter, living longer and having more free time. Not the message anyone is hearing often today, but the evidence is all around us, Matt Ridley shows the way things devoloped and gives hope that it can all continue. Read this and you will be able to give the pessimists a really hard time!