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Ridley, Matt

Works: 112 works in 573 publications in 16 languages and 16,422 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  History  Biography  Educational films  Internet videos  Forecasts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Annotator, Contributor
Classifications: QH431, 599.935
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Most widely held works about Matt Ridley
Most widely held works by Matt Ridley
Genome : the autobiography of a species in 23 chapters by Matt Ridley( Book )

65 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 3,828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The human genome, the complete set of genes housed in twenty-three pairs of chromosomes, is nothing less than an autobiography of our species. Spelled out in a billion three-letter words using the four-letter alphabet of DNA, the genome has been edited, abridged, altered and added to as it has been handed down, generation to generation, over more than three billion years. With the first draft of the human genome due to be published in 2000, we, this lucky generation, are the first beings who are able to read this extraordinary book and to gain hitherto unimaginable insights into what it means to be alive, to be human, to be conscious or to be ill
Nature via nurture : genes, experience, and what makes us human by Matt Ridley( Book )

52 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 2,397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Following his highly praised and bestselling book Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, Matt Ridley has written a brilliant and profound book about the roots of human behavior. Nature via Nurture explores the complex and endlessly intriguing question of what makes us who we are. In February 2001 it was announced that the human genome contains not 100,000 genes, as originally postulated, but only 30,000. This startling revision led some scientists to conclude that there are simply not enough human genes to account for all the different ways people behave: we must be made by nurture, not nature. Yet again biology was to be stretched on the Procrustean bed of the nature-nurture debate. Matt Ridley argues that the emerging truth is far more interesting than this myth. Nurture depends on genes, too, and genes need nurture. Genes not only predetermine the broad structure of the brain, they also absorb formative experiences, react to social cues, and even run memory. They are consequences as well as causes of the ill. Published fifty years after the discovery of the double helix of DNA, Nature via Nurture chronicles a revolution in our understanding of genes. Ridley recounts the hundred years' war between the partisans of nature and nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature, the human being, can be simultaneously free-willed and motivated by instinct and culture. Nature via Nurture is an enthralling, up-to-the-minute account of how genes build brains to absorb experience
The Red Queen : sex and the evolution of human nature by Matt Ridley( Book )

50 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 1,659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

That man is sexual may seem unremarkable, yet in fact not all plants and animals need to have sex to reproduce; simple cloning is practiced by many animals with much greater efficiency. To understand how life evolves, and what benefit sex provides for humans, we must think like the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, who had to keep running just to stay in place
The origins of virtue : human instincts and the evolution of cooperation by Matt Ridley( Book )

71 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 1,659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If evolution by natural selection relentlessly favors self-interest, why do human beings live in complex societies and show so much cooperative spirit? In The Origins of Virtue, Matt Ridley, a zoologist and former American editor of the Economist, shows that recent research in a number of fields has suggested a resolution of the apparent contradiction between self-interest and mutual aid. Brilliantly orchestrating the new findings of geneticists, psychologists, and anthropologists, The Origins of Virtue re-examines the everyday assumptions upon which we base our actions towards others, whether we are nurturing parents, siblings, or trade partners." "The Origins of Virtue searches for the roots of that capacity for trust, contrasts it with the social instincts of ants, baboons, and naked mole rats, and draws provocative conclusions for our understanding of politics. Ridley not only traces the evolution of society but shows us how breakthroughs in computer programming, microbiology, and economics have all played their role in providing us with a unique perspective on how and why we relate to each other."--Jacket
The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves by Matt Ridley( Book )

47 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "New York Times"--Bestselling author of "Genome" and "The Red Queen" offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change--cultural evolution--will inevitably increase human prosperity
Francis Crick : discoverer of the genetic code by Matt Ridley( Book )

28 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of scientist Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, traces his life from a middle-class English upbringing and lackluster education to his ultimate history-making journey into the field of biology
The evolution of everything : how new ideas emerge by Matt Ridley( Book )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A book that makes the case for evolution over design and skewers a widespread but dangerous myth: that we have ultimate control over our world"--
The agile gene : how nature turns on nurture by Matt Ridley( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Turkish and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the 2001 discovery that there are fewer genes in a human genome than previously thought and considers the argument that nurture elements are also largely responsible for human behavior
Warts and all : the men who would be Bush by Matt Ridley( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

TEDTalks : Matt Ridley - When Ideas Have Sex( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is. A streaming videorecording
The Best American science writing 2002( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Best American Science Writing 2002 gathers top writers and scientists covering the latest developments in the fastest-changing, farthest-reaching scientific fields, such as medicine, genetics, computer technology, evolutionary psychology, cutting-edge physics, and the environment. Among this year's selections: In "The Made-to-Order Savior," Lisa Belkin spotlights two desperate families seeking an unprecedented cure by a medically and ethically unprecedented means -- creating a genetically matched child. Margaret Talbot's "A Desire to Duplicate" reveals that the first human clone may very likely come from an entirely unexpected source, and sooner than we think. Michael Specter reports on the shock waves rippling through the field of neuroscience following the revolutionary discovery that adult brain cells might in fact regenerate ("Rethinking the Brain"). Christopher Dickey's "I Love My Glow Bunny" recounts with sly humor a peculiar episode in which genetic engineering and artistic culture collide. Natalie Angier draws an insightful contrast between suicide terrorists and rescue workers who risk their lives, and finds that sympathy and altruism have a definite place in the evolution of human nature, David Berlinski's "What Brings a World into Being?" ponders the idea of biology and physics as essentially digital technologies, exploring the mysteries encoded in the universe's smallest units, be they cells or quanta. Nicholas Wade shows how one of the most controversial books of the year, The Skeptical Environmentalist, by former Greenpeace member and self-described leftist Bjorn Lomborg, debunks some of the most cherished tenets of the environmental movement, suggesting that things are perhaps not as bad as we've been led to believe. And as a counterpoint, Darcy Frey's profile of George Divoky reveals a dedicated researcher whose love of birds and mystery leads to some sobering discoveries about global warming and forcefully reminds us of the unsung heroes of science: those who put in long hours, fill in small details, and take great trouble."--Publisher description
The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves by Matt Ridley( Recording )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author describes how things are getting better and explains why. Prosperity comes from everybody working for everyone else. The habit of exchange and specialization--which started more than 100,000 years ago--has created a collective brain that sets human living standards on a rising trend. The mutual dependence, trust, and sharing that result are causes for hope, not despair. It covers the entire sweep of human history from the Stone Age to the Internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, from the population explosion to the likely consequences of climate change. It ends with a confident assertion that thanks to the ceaseless capacity of the human race for innovative change, and despite inevitable disasters along the way, the twenty-first century will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity enhanced
Do humankind's best days lie ahead? : Pinker and Ridley vs. De Botton and Gladwell : the munk debates( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms, and the spread of global norms empower individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. What is seen as a breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality. In the seventeenth semi-annual Munk Debates, which was held in Toronto on November 6, 2015, pioneering cognitive scientist Steven Pinker and best-selling author Matt Ridley squared off against noted philosopher Alain de Botton and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell to debate whether humankind's best days lie ahead,"
Genome : the autobiography of a species in 23 chapters by Matt Ridley( Recording )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The genome is our 100,000 or so genes. The genome is the collective recipe for the building and running of the human body. These 100,000 genes are sited across 23 pairs of chromosomes. "Genome", a book of about 100,000 words, is divided into 23 chapters, a chapter for each chromosome
Eros und Evolution : die Naturgeschichte der Sexualität by Matt Ridley( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators
The evolution of everything : how new ideas emerge by Matt Ridley( Recording )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The New York Times bestselling author of The Rational Optimist and Genome returns with a fascinating, brilliant argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world.The Evolution of Everything is about bottom-up order and its enemy, the top-down twitch--the endless fascination human beings have for design rather than evolution, for direction rather than emergence. Drawing on anecdotes from science, economics, history, politics and philosophy, Matt Ridley's wide-ranging, highly opinionated opus demolishes conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by those on high, whether in government, business, academia, or morality. On the contrary, our most important achievements develop from the bottom up. Patterns emerge, trends evolve. Just as skeins of geese form Vs in the sky without meaning to, and termites build mud cathedrals without architects, so brains take shape without brain-makers, learning can happen without teaching and morality changes without a plan.Although we neglect, defy and ignore them, bottom-up trends shape the world. The growth of technology, the sanitation-driven health revolution, the quadrupling of farm yields so that more land can be released for nature--these were largely emergent phenomena, as were the Internet, the mobile phone revolution, and the rise of Asia. Ridley demolishes the arguments for design and effectively makes the case for evolution in the universe, morality, genes, the economy, culture, technology, the mind, personality, population, education, history, government, God, money, and the future.As compelling as it is controversial, authoritative as it is ambitious, Ridley's stunning perspective will revolutionize the way we think about our world and how it works"--
Nature via nurture : genes, experience, and what makes us human by Matt Ridley( Recording )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the 2001 discovery that there are fewer genes in a human genome than previously thought and considers the argument that nurture elements are also largely responsible for human behavior
Down to earth : a contrarian view of environmental problems by Matt Ridley( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Down to earth II : combating environmental myths by Matt Ridley( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Genome : the autobiography of a species in 23 chapters
Alternative Names
Matt Ridley britischer Zoologe und Politiker

Matt Ridley Brits bankier

Ridley, Matt

Ridley Matthew White 1958-....

Мат Ридли

Мэтт Ридли

מאט רידלי

רידלי, מאט. כרמל, עמוס

مات ريدلي، 1958-

مت ریدلی بانکدار بریتانیایی

ম্যাট রিডলি

리들리, 매트 1958-

맷 리들리


リドレー, マット


Nature via nurture : genes, experience, and what makes us humanThe Red Queen : sex and the evolution of human natureThe origins of virtue : human instincts and the evolution of cooperationThe rational optimist : how prosperity evolvesFrancis Crick : discoverer of the genetic codeThe agile gene : how nature turns on nurtureThe Best American science writing 2002The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves