Asian Scienist (9 November 2018) – Wildtype Books has been published Sydney Brenner 10-on-10: The Chronicles of Evolution, the rich volume illustration that brings readers to quail tours through 14 billion years of evolutionary history, from the beginning of the universe to the rise of humanity and so on.
The idea of Nobel Prize winner Sydney Brenner, a genetic pioneer who discovered how to read life codes, this book presents insights from 24 leading thinkers about how humans find their place in the universe.
This guides us through ten time logarithmic scales from the Big Bang to the present, which include the emergence of multicellular life forms, human evolution, and the emergence of language, culture and technology.
Among the world-famous experts who contributed to this book are:
• The pioneer of molecular biology and Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner, who studied the genome and its evolution;
• Nobel winner Jack Szostak, who studies the origin of biological life;
• The paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo, whose laboratory has sequenced Neanderthal, Denisova, and other early human genomes;
• Complex economics expert, W. Brian Arthur, whose research focuses on the social and economic impacts of technology and innovation; and
• Public intellectual Helga Nowotny, who studies the intersection of science, technology and society.
"This extraordinary anthropocentric and chronocentric book throws ten logs on the fiery topic of evolution," said Professor George Church of Harvard University. "Must read – next to Hawking's Short History of Time and Bryson A Brief History of Almost Everything. "
Sydney Brenner 10-on-10: The Chronicles of Evolution now available on Wildtype Books, Amazon.com and on Kinokuniya Singapore. Get your copy now!
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About Sydney Brenner
Sydney Brenner was born in 1927 in South Africa, and then received his DPhil from the University of Oxford, England. One of the pioneers of modern molecular biology, Brenner plays an important role in interpreting the basic principles of the genetic code. In the 1960s, with Francis Crick, Brenner showed that the code consisted of non-overlapping triplets; in collaboration with François Jacob and Matthew Meselson, he continued to show the existence of RNA messengers.
Brenner is also known to pioneer the use of nematode worms Elegans Caenorhabditis as a model organism to understand human biology. He was later awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (with H. Robert Horvitz and John E. Sulston) for his work in C. elegans in programmed cell death genetics. In the genomic era, Brenner developed a new method for sequencing the next generation of DNA, and began a project to sequence the compact genomes of Japanese or fugu puffer fish.
Brenner is currently a scientific advisor to the chair of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A * STAR), Singapore, and a professor at Lee Kong Chian Medical School, Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore, among other affiliates. He continued to work on the genome and their evolution.
List of chapters
- Life in the Habitat Zone (John D. Barrow)
- From Clay To The Code Of Life (Hyman Hartman)
- Stepping Into Life (Jack W. Szostak)
- When Cells Become Creative (Giulia Rancati and Norman Pavelka)
- Finding Strength in Numbers (Detlev Arendt)
- There and back again (Per Ahlberg)
- Conquest of Land and Sea (Venkatesh Byrappa)
- A Salute To Our Placoderm Pioneers (John A. Long)
- Heating to Mammals (Harris Lewin)
- All in the family (Francis Thackeray)
- Lessons from our Inner Neanderthals (Svante Pääbo)
- Wired for Intelligence (Terrence Sejnowski)
- Getting Smart About Learning (Atsushi Iriki)
- More than just Small Talk (Tecumseh Fitch)
- Logic of Cultural Evolution (Roland Fletcher)
- Following the Flow (Information) (Sander van der Leeuw)
- Lingo with His Own Life (N. J. Enfield)
- How We Become Modern (W. Brian Arthur)
- Creative Destruction of Evolution (Stefan Thurner)
- Challenge Of The Anthropocene (J. Stephen Lansing)
- Difficult Questions in Evolution (Eörs Szathmáry)
- Evolving Evolutionary Views (Gerd B. Müller)
- Humble View from Inside Evolution (Helga Nowotny)
- Epilog (Sydney Brenner)
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