Lewis Dartnell

Origins
  • Origins

  • The Sunday Times bestseller that reveals the Earth’s awesome impact on the shape of human civilisations.

    ‘Stands comparison with Sapiens… Thrilling’ Sunday Times

    Human evolution in East Africa was driven by geological forces.

    Ancient Greece developed democracy because of its mountainous terrain.

    Voting behaviour in the United States today follows the bed of an ancient sea.

    Professor Lewis Dartnell takes us on an astonishing journey into our planet’s past to tell the ultimate origin story. Blending science and history, Origins reveals the Earth’s awesome impact on the shape of human civilisations – and helps us to see the challenges and opportunities of the future.

    ‘A sweeping, brilliant overview of the history not only of our species but of the world’
    Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

    ‘Absorbing… A first-class read – and an important one’
    Observer

RELEASED 06/02/2020

Lewis Dartnell is an astrobiology researcher and professor at the University of Westminster. He has won several awards for his science writing, and contributes to the Guardian, The Times and New Scientist. He has also written for television and appeared on Horizon, Sky News, and Wonders of the Universe, as well as National Geographic and History channels. A tireless populariser of science, his previous books include the bestselling The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch.