A best book of the year (Times of London)—-
"History doesn't get much bigger than this epic sweep through human progress....Vince takes dizzying leaps, making connections between archaeology, anthropology, genetics, and psychology."
, Times of London
"Any story that begins with the words '14 billion years ago' is bound to be epic, and Transcendence is no exception... An impressive breadth of research from paleoarchaeology to genetics to anthropology."—M.R. O'Connor, Undark
"A hugely enjoyable sprint through human evolutionary history... and a good story."
provocative, highly readable take on our astonishing emergence from the
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A wondrous, visionary work."
—Tim Flannery, scientist and authorof The Weather Makers
"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 HarvardUniversity and author of The Goodness Paradox
"An imaginative and inspiring
adventure into the origins and evolution of what we hold most dear: our human
—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 HumanGenetics UCL and author of Here Comes the Sun
"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."
"An engaging, well-researched book for anyone curious about the development of humanity as approached through a social lens."