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  • Jaw-droppingly wonderful ... A marvellous and surprising book which left me breathless and dizzy with delight. The ironic, playful tone at the beginning gradates into something serious that is never pompous, intellectually and historically complex and yet always pellucidly laid out. Plus I learned the word plaidoyer which I shall do my utmost to use every day

    Stephen Fry
  • Fabulously interesting ... a remarkably rich, provocative and intelligent work of pop science

    Sunday Times
  • Brilliant [and] beautifully written

    Financial Times
  • So robustly researched and wonderfully told that it is hard to put down

    New Scientist
  • A delight to read


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