Mortal Coil: A Short History of Living Longer

Mortal Coil: A Short History of Living Longer

by David Boyd Haycock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300158254

ISBN-13: 9780300158250

Pub. Date: 10/27/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

"Mortal Coil explores the medical, scientific and philosophical theories behind the quest for the prolongation of human life. It was a conundrum that intrigued Sir Francis Bacon and underpinned the scientific revolution; ideas of ultimate perfectibility, indefinite progress and worldly rather than heavenly immortality fed directly into the spirit of the Enlightenment…  See more details below

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"Mortal Coil explores the medical, scientific and philosophical theories behind the quest for the prolongation of human life. It was a conundrum that intrigued Sir Francis Bacon and underpinned the scientific revolution; ideas of ultimate perfectibility, indefinite progress and worldly rather than heavenly immortality fed directly into the spirit of the Enlightenment and on into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In today's world of genetic research, cryonics and nanotechnology, we still seek the same elusive philosopher's stone." From Adam and Eve to human cloning and designer babies, from seventeenth-century lifestyle guides to science fiction, Haycock's narrative introduces an array of fascinating individuals, including Rene Descartes, Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Swift, Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud and a score of unknown figures. Full of extraordinary stories and valuable insights, this is an exploration into our unceasing desire to live forever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300158250
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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