• "Gems of evolutionary and natural-history wisdom"

    Steven Rose, Sunday Times
  • "Not only one of the finest scientific minds of the later 20th century, but also one of its greatest polymaths... A wonderfully eclectic collection-a fine introduction to a brilliant mind"

    The Times
  • "It is hard to think of any one else with this combination of polymathic ability and of sheer cheek...original and controversial...quintessentially revealing"

  • "This is not a book for the bedside table. It sets the mind racing too wildly for sleep"

    New Scientist
  • "High in emotion and rich in historical perspective-one of our most gifted and productive science writers... He pioneered an explosion in the popularisation of science but has never been bettered in the process"

    Robin McKie, Observer