Matthew Cobb is Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester where his research focuses on the sense of smell, insect behaviour, and the history of science. In 2008, he won the Zoological Society of London award for Communicating Science. His previous books include Life's Greatest Secret:The Race to Discover the Genetic Code, which was shortlisted for the the Royal Society Winton Book Prize, and the acclaimed histories The Resistance: The French Fight against the Nazis and Eleven Days in August: The Liberation of Paris in 1944. He is also the award-winning translator of books on the history of molecular biology, on Darwin's ideas and on the nature of life.
Praise for Life's Greatest Secret: Matthew Cobb is a respected scientist and historian, and he has combined both disciplines to spectacular effect in this compelling, authoritative and insightful account of how life works at the deepest level. It's a bloody brilliant book -- Brian Cox Rich, thrilling and thorough, this is the definitive history of arguably the greatest of all scientific revolutions -- Adam Rutherford, author of * Creation * Life's Greatest Secret is the logical sequel to Jim Watson's The Double Helix. While Watson and Crick deserve their plaudits for discovering the structure of DNA, that was only part of the story. Beginning to understand how that helix works - how its DNA code is turned into bodies and behaviors - took another 15 years of amazing work by an army of dedicated men and women. These are the unknown heroes of modern genetics, and their tale is the subject of Cobb's fascinating book. -- Jerry Coyne, author of * Why Evolution is True * Most people think the race to sequence the human genome culminated at the 2000 White House Mission Accomplished announcement. In Matthew Cobb's Life's Greatest Secret, we learn that it was just one chapter of a far more interesting and continuing story. -- Eric Topol author of * The Patient Will See You Now * Writing with flair, charisma and authority, this is Cobb's magnum opus. But more important than that, this is humankind's magnum opus. This is the story of a great human endeavour - a global adventure spanning decades - which unravelled how life really works. No area of science is more fundamental or more important; read about it and be filled with wonder. -- Daniel M. Davis, author of * The Compatibility Gene * Cobb reveals the astonishing drama of the moment genetics and information technology collided, shaping the modern world and modern thought. -- Paul Mason, Channel 4 News