"Captivating... A provocative, highly readable take on our astonishing emergence from the primordial soup."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Science writer Vince looks at human evolution in terms of four elements -- dubbed Fire, Word, Beauty, and Time -- in this stimulating account... Even those broadly familiar with humanity's story will find new information and insights in Vince's fascinating study."
"A wondrous, visionary work."—Tim Flannery, scientist and author of The Weather Makers
"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 and author of Here Comes the Sun
"Transcendence is a beautifully imaginative overview of the biological and cultural evolution of humans. Richly informed by the latest research, Vince's colorful survey fizzes like a zip-wire as it tours our species' story from the Big Bang to the coming age of hyper-cooperation."—Richard Wrangham, professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University and author of The Goodness Paradox