The Price of Altruism

George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness
Harman, Oren Solomon (Book - 2010)
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Survival of the fittest or survival of the nicest?Since the dawn of time man has contemplated the mystery of altruism, but it was Darwin who posed the question most starkly. From the selfless ant to the stinging bee to the man laying down his life for a stranger, evolution has yielded a goodness that in theory should never be.Set against the sweeping tale of 150 years of scientific attempts to explain kindness, The Price of Altruism tells for the first time the moving story of the eccentric American genius George Price (1922-1975), as he strives to answer evolution's greatest riddle. An original and penetrating picture of twentieth century thought, it is also a deeply personal journey. From the heights of the Manhattan Project to the inspired equation that explains altruism to the depths of homelessness and despair, Price's life embodies the paradoxes of Darwin's enigma. His tragic suicide in a squatter's flat, among the vagabonds to whom he gave all his possessions, provides the ultimate contemplation on the possibility of genuine benevolence.
Authors: Harman, Oren Solomon
Title: The price of altruism
George Price and the search for the origins of kindness
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2010.
Characteristics: viii, 451 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Local Note: 6 53 210 262
ISBN: 9780393067781
Statement of Responsibility: Oren Harman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Price, George Robert, 1922-1975. Geneticists United States Biography. Geneticists Great Britain Biography. Scientists United States Biography. Scientists Great Britain Biography. Population genetics. Altruistic behavior in animals.
Topical Term: Geneticists
Population genetics.
Altruistic behavior in animals.
LCCN: 2010011934
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