Hill & Wang
In The Engineer in the Garden, Colin Tudge leads us through the intricacies of genetic theory – from its earliest classical form, to plant and animal breeding, to cloning and the Human Genome Project. He explains and questions the presumptions and ramifications of every scientific assertion about “advance,” including sociobiology, genetic counseling, the creation of novel vaccines, and the possibility of prolonging human life. Cautious but not alarmist, Tudge argues that these scientific advances have far outpaced our thinking about them, and charges us to recognize that since science is part of the social order, scientific literacy is no longer a privilege of but a requirement for citizenship in the global community. Our response to these new technologies must necessarily involve our deepest thoughts about democratic principles, economic theory, and the meaning of life.
A lucid and engaging overview of what we have learned thus far, The Engineer in the Garden is also a passionate and provocative work of social criticism.
Colin Tudge, England’s most respected science journalist, is the author of eight books. Educated at Peter House, Cambridge University, he has contributed to such magazines and newspapers as New Scientist, World Medicine, Wildlife Conservation, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, and The Guardian; he was a features editor at New Scientist in 1980-84. From 1985 to 1990 he worked at the BBC Radio Science Unit, where he developed, wrote, and presented five series in its principal science program.
Touch is the sole three-time recipient of the Glaxo/ABSW Science Writer of the Year Award. A Fellow of the Zoological Society of London since 1972 and a member of its Council since 1992, he is a founding member of the London Zoo Fellows’ Reform. He lives with his wife and three children in London.