Peter Godfrey-Smith is a distinguished professor of history and the philosophy of science at the University of Sydney. He is the author of five books, including the bestselling Other Minds, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Society Science Book Prize and Natural Selection, which won the 2010 Lakatos Award for an outstanding work on the philosophy of science.
A BBC Science Focus Book of the Month 'Enthralling ... A rather winning combination of not once ever making readers feel as if they are being lectured to; rather, it is the sensation of joining a wise, ever-patient friend on a time-traveling tour of the cognitive experiences of animals ... Metazoa brings an extraordinary and astute look at our own mind's essential link to the animal world' Aimee Nezhukumatathil, New York Times 'A profound scientific drama, in which the lives of quite un-human creatures illuminate deep mysteries about the nature of sentience, and what it means to possess a mind ... In Metazoa, the scuba-diving historian and philosopher of science tackles these questions with eloquent boldness ... As in Other Minds, Mr Godfrey-Smith recounts close encounters with marine fauna, gleaned from years of diving off the Australian coast. These have an electric immediacy ... Evocative [and] gripping.' Barbara Kiser, Wall Street Journal