Robert Plomin is a leading behavioural geneticist who works at King's College, London. He has published more than 800 papers in scientific journals and is the author of the best-selling textbook in the field. In 2012, he was awarded a highly prestigious five-year Advanced Investigator Award from the European Research Council. He was the youngest president of the international Behaviour Genetics Association, and has been given lifetime achievement awards from that association as well the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development, among others.
Plomin finally finds himself at the crest of the wave as cutting edge research begins to back what have long been theories and hypotheses. * Guardian Books podcast * If anyone is going to write a book that challenges deeply held beliefs about who we are, it is Plomin: a psychologist with 45 years' experience in research, but with an undimmed passion for his subject. -- David James * Tes Magazine * Robert Plomin's engaging book, drawing on his 35 years of research experience, makes the complex field of behavioural genetics accessible for a non-expert reader. An important work, Blueprint calls for a society-wide conversation to debate the ethics of this new knowledge and our responsibilities, as this shouldn't just be left in the hands of geneticists -- Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University and author of Zero Degrees of Empathy Robert Plomin's research has been educating us about environmental and genetic influences on psychological characteristics for decades. This is an accessible and pacy summary of the field's accumulated results, with provocative future-gazing on the uses of genetic material for prediction about people's lives -- Ian Deary, professor of differential psychology at the University of Edinburgh Some blueprint, that creates the rainbow spectrum of humanity! Plomin is a masterful teacher as well as brilliant scientist. He coolly lays out the astonishing new evidence that genetic differences matter far more than environmental ones in producing individual differences in ability and character, and argues passionately that, if we want to build a fair society, we must plan accordingly -- Nicholas Humphrey, emeritus professor of psychology at the London School of Economics and author of Consciousness Regained and Soul Dust This fascinating book, by the doyen of behavioural genetics, provides a superb introduction to the genetics of who we are. It is beautifully written and very challenging, but it is a challenge that we all need to reflect on -- Sir Richard Layard, emeritus professor of economics at LSE and the author of Happiness and Thrive Some blueprint, that creates the rainbow spectrum of humanity! Plomin is a masterful teacher as well as brilliant scientist. He coolly lays out the astonishing new evidence that genetic differences matter far more than environmental ones in producing individual differences in ability and character, and argues passionately that, if we want to build a fair society, we must plan accordingly -- Nicholas Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, London School of Economics A clear and engaging explanation of one of the hottest (and most interesting) fields in science, by perhaps its most distinguished practitioner -- Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Blank Slate and Enlightenment Now Plomin takes recent genetic research and draws some provocative conclusions. -- Andrew Anthony * The Guardian * No-one should be making any proposals about how to improve education without being aware of the contents of, and ideally having read, Robert Plomin's new book, Blueprint. Uncomfortable, but essential reading. -- Dylan William, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Education Plomin writes with authority about the ongoing genomic revolution that will unquestionably transform our lives and society. -- Steven Mithen * The Guardian * You can't read the book without seeing the world afresh. -- Andrew Anthony * Observer (Books of the Year) * Important new evidence in a never-ending argument * The Evening Standard * A challenging and thought-provoking new book. * Daily Mail * I cannot tell you how well thumbed this book is . . . every single person listening to me qualifies to read this book because it's about human beings . . . this is our story -- Jo Good * BBC Radio London * An important book, a must-read guide to one enormous aspect of the human future -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times * It is a hugely important book - and the story is very well told. Plomin's writing combines passion with reason (and passion for reason) so fluently that it is hard to believe this is his first book for popular consumption, after more than 800 scientific publications. His story is crucial. -- Matt Ridley * The Times *