Gaia Vince is a science writer and broadcaster interested in the interplay between humans and the planetary environment. She has held senior editorial posts at Nature and New Scientist, and her writing has featured in newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, The Times and Scientific American. She also writes and presents science programmes for radio and television. Her research takes her across the world- she has visited more than 60 countries, lived in three and is currently based in London. In 2015, she became the first woman to win the Royal Society Science Book of the Year Prize solo for her debut, Adventures in the Anthropocene- A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made. She blogs at WanderingGaia.com and tweets at @WanderingGaia.
Gaia Vince's enthralling second book, ideal for anyone who loved Sapiens, shows how a unique combination of genes, environment and culture (from our love of objects to our knowledge of mortality) has enabled us to determine our own destiny, uniquely among species on earth. * The Bookseller * This book goes from the Big Bang to the Hundred Thousand Genome Project to make a convincing case that Homo sapiens has become a super-organism. I learned a lot from it and so will you. -- Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics UCL, author of 'Almost Like a Whale' An imaginative and inspiring adventure into the origins and evolution of what we hold most dear: our human culture. -- Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development UCL Vince draws on extensive travels and many interviews with scientists to offer vivid accounts of these forces at work in the lives of our cultural forebears. A provocative, highly readable take on our astonishing emergence from the primordial soup. * Kirkus * Transcendence is a beautifully imaginative overview of the biological and cultural evolution of humans. Richly informed by the latest research, Gaia Vince's colorful survey fizzes like a zip-wire as it tours our species' story from the Big Bang to the coming age of hypercooperation. -- Richard Wrangham * Professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University and author of The Goodness Paradox * A wondrous, visionary work. -- Tim Flannery, scientist and author of the bestselling 'The Weather Makers' Even those broadly familiar with humanity's story will find new information and insights in Vince's fascinating study. * Publishers Weekly * Wonderful. There was a lot I hadn't heard about before . . . interesting and enlightening. -- Robin Ince Beautifully written . . . At her best Vince takes dizzying leaps, making connections between archaeology, anthropology, genetics and psychology. She is especially good on the delicate interplay between genes, environment and culture. Vince steps with lightness. -- Tom Whipple * The Times * A hugely enjoyable sprint through human evolutionary history . . . Read it. -- Tim Radford * Nature *