Genome by Matt Ridley – Book Review

Review of: Genome
book by:
Matt Ridley
Price:
£7.69 or $12.68

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Rating:
4
On January 8, 2015
Last modified:January 8, 2015

Summary:

Overall this is a very well written book, interesting to read, and I believe you will learn a lot whether you are a beginner or have some knowledge on genetics. So definitely worth buying if you have interest on the subject, and even if you don't have interest in genetics, you should because it's fascinating, and therefore should read this book.

Genome – The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters as its full title, is a science book detailing each pair of the human chromosome. Providing some history of human genetics, the book explains well some structure and meaning behind genetics generally.

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It’s a good starter book for getting into Genetics and understanding it more. It’s very well written, and should keep your interest throughout, it rarely gets bogged down in long winded explanations, and instead focuses on easy to understand examples to pass on understanding.

I think the last two chapters on Eugenics and Free Will were the best, which is unique for a book, as usually the author runs out of things to write about, and the end is usually just a summary. In this way, I think it was a good way to lay out the book into 23 chapters, each focusing on a chromosome pair, and a theme connected to them. There’s good parts all over the book, instead of the interesting parts just being at the start, to hook the reader.

I enjoyed reading the book, but personally I wanted something a bit more in-depth at the time, as I’ve already read quite a few books on genetics and so a large part of the book was re-reading what I already knew. Nevertheless, it’s good to re-affirm some knowledge and I still learned a lot from reading this book.

Overall this is a very well written book, interesting to read, and I believe you will learn a lot whether you are a beginner or have some knowledge on genetics. So definitely worth buying if you have interest on the subject, and even if you don't have interest in genetics, you should because it's fascinating, and therefore should read this book.

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