A story about this — 5 years ago
worth consuming… with the caveat that, if you know anything about genetics, you are in for something of a disappointment.
An interesting introduction to the sweepingly large subject matter of the human genome, and worth reading to find the chapters which interest you most so that you can go and consume more in-depth books about those.
To be honest I found the format (a chapter per chromosone, looking at a specific gene to be found on that chromosone) trite and forced. Ridley’s obviously passionate about genetics and the place it has to play in modern society, and if you still think of genetic science as some kind of leering Frankensteinian creation, then hopefully Ridley’s book will make you stop and reassess that view. But the truth is, by the last few chapters, I felt that he had simply run out of things to say and was reduced to rhetoric, speculation and unfinished trains of philisophical thought. In particular the final chapter on free will was, in my view, nothing short of farcical.
An interestingly bland introduction, or blandly interesting, rarely giving enough detail to satisfy, and, given the breakneck speed at which genetic science is moving, already showing its age.
Worth reading to whet your appetite, but nothing more.