What would you say if we were to tell you the entire history of the world resides right inside you? And what would you think if we were to tell you are part of this incredible history? It might sound like a work of fiction, but it indeed isn’t.
You see, we are connected to the history of everyone and everything. We are related to what happened in the past, the multiple plagues, society changing, the diseases, to the ones who were once alive and the ones who are alive now… All connected by our genes.
In A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes, author Adam Rutherford explains about how everything that ever happened is somehow connected to our genes, and how we take part on the great history of the world.
The book carries a very interest premise, it states that within ourselves we take the whole history of our species: The deaths, the births, the viruses, the migration, absolutely everything. And where do we carry all of this? In our genomes, in the human genome.
Don’t get it wrong, this is a book about the very complicated science of genetics and what it holds, however, it is also about the history of every human that ever lived ever. And you will be surprised to find out how the to correlate in such a natural way.
Author Adam Rutherford takes a very complex topic and somehow manages to tell not only an excellent story but to turn this topic into something easy to read and interesting for anyone, regardless if they have a fair knowledge on science or if they don’t know absolutely anything about it.
The book is about science and history coming together to tell a beautiful, intriguing and sometimes sad story: Our own, and the story of the whole full world. All thanks to science.
Perhaps the most captivating thing about the book is how the author indeed mixes these two elements together to bring clarity in various complex subjects and does it in such a straightforward manner, you can’t help it but be drawn to what he is saying.
Let’s not forget the book also takes a look about how we, as humans are entirely individual beings that can function on their own, but at the same time be considered a tiny part of a whole (the whole being humankind). It’s a fascinating book that any history enthusiast should read.
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