Reviews

  • A hugely enjoyable sprint through human evolutionary history . . . Read it.

    Tim Radford, Nature
  • 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
  • The storming success of Yuval Noah Harari's books has inspired many others that aim to span the epic sweep of human history with grand theories and cor-blimey factoids. This book does both well.

    The Times, Best Science and Medicine Books of the Year 2019
  • Wonderful. There was a lot I hadn't heard about before . . . interesting and enlightening.

    Robin Ince
  • Even those broadly familiar with humanity's story will find new information and insights in Vince's fascinating study.

    Publishers Weekly
  • A wondrous, visionary work.

    Tim Flannery, scientist and author of the bestselling 'The Weather Makers'
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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'