The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Feb 14, 2012 - Science - 416 pages
2 Reviews

Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband. Brilliantly written, The Red Queen offers an extraordinary new way of interpreting the human condition and how it has evolved.


What people are saying - Write a review

The Red Queen: sex and the evolution of human nature

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This is a fascinating book filled with lucid prose and seductive reasoning. Freelance science writer Ridley reaches into the literature of genetics; molecular, theoretical and evolutionary biology ... Read full review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Excellent and interesting book with a ton of useful information, however it very wordy. This book explains human nature better than almost any website, it also supplies helpful examples when the author is trying to explain a topic. Some things about human nature are very disturbing and not everything seems to make sense the first time one reads it, but after rereading it, everything makes sense. 

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Matt Ridley is the award-winning, bestselling author of several books, including The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves; Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters; and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. His books have sold more than one million copies in thirty languages worldwide. He writes regularly for The Times (London) and The Wall Street Journal, and is a member of the House of Lords. He lives in England.

Bibliographic information