Book ID: CBB632692831

Sapiens: a brief history of humankind (2015)


Harari, Yuval N. (Author)


Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 443
Language: English

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution--a #1 international bestseller--that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human." One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one--homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? (Publisher)

Reviewed By

Essay Review David E. Nye (2021) Harari's World History: Evolution toward Intelligence without Consciousness?. Technology and Culture (pp. 1219-1228). unapi

Associated with

Book Yuval N. Harari (2017) Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. unapi

Book Yuval N. Harari (2018) 21 lessons for the 21st century. unapi

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Book Yuval N. Harari; (2017)
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (/isis/citation/CBB886774814/) unapi

Essay Review David E. Nye; (2021)
Harari's World History: Evolution toward Intelligence without Consciousness? (/isis/citation/CBB794088094/) unapi

Article Javier Aracil; (September 2018)
Making It Useful Even When It Seems to Be Useless (/isis/citation/CBB115297431/) unapi

Book Christian J. Emden; (2014)
Nietzsche's Naturalism: Philosophy and the Life Sciences in the Nineteenth Century (/isis/citation/CBB014242234/) unapi

Book Lewis Dartnell; (2019)
Origins: how Earth's history shaped human history (/isis/citation/CBB349549593/) unapi

Article Jessica Riskin; (2020)
Biology’s mistress, a brief history (/isis/citation/CBB880456753/) unapi

Article Michael Ruse; (2016)
Evolutionary biology and the question of teleology (/isis/citation/CBB878894989/) unapi

Article Angela N. H. Creager; (2017)
A Chemical Reaction to the Historiography of Biology (/isis/citation/CBB417096213/) unapi

Article Enrico Bonatti; (2021)
Darwin and Inequality (/isis/citation/CBB170944055/) unapi

Book Jones, Steve; (1998)
CyberSociety 2.0: Revisiting computer-mediated communication and community (/isis/citation/CBB001181001/) unapi

Article Carlson, W. Bernard; (2007)
Diversity and Progress: How Might We Picture Technology across Global Cultures? (/isis/citation/CBB248953045/) unapi

Book Brotton, Jerry; (2014)
Great Maps: The World's Masterpieces Explored and Explained (/isis/citation/CBB001551674/) unapi

Book Jennifer Rhee; (2018)
The robotic imaginary: the human and the price of dehumanized labor (/isis/citation/CBB488009100/) unapi

Book James C. Scott; (2017)
Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States (/isis/citation/CBB626260743/) unapi

Book Jon Mathieu; (2019)
The Alps: an environmental history (/isis/citation/CBB869319730/) unapi

Book William Burns; (2018)
Knowledge and Power: Science in World History (/isis/citation/CBB411754419/) unapi

Article Allen, Nicholas J.; (2014)
Mauss, India, and Perspectives from World History (/isis/citation/CBB001450253/) unapi

Book Headrick, Daniel R.; (2009)
Technology: A World History (/isis/citation/CBB001211943/) unapi

Article Pablo F. Gómez; (2018)
Caribbean Stones and the Creation of Early-Modern Worlds (/isis/citation/CBB339433878/) unapi

Authors & Contributors
Jones, Steve
Headrick, Daniel R.
Allen, Nicholas J.
Brotton, Jerry
Emden, Christian J.
Javier Aracil
Comparative Technology Transfer and Society
Journal of Classical Sociology
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Substantia: An International Journal of the History of Chemistry
History and Technology
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Sage Publications
Oxford University Press
Dorling Kindersley Ltd.
Cambridge University Press
Basic Books
World history
Life sciences
Technological innovation
Mauss, Marcel
Mercator, Gerardus
Roger of Hereford
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
Darwin, Charles Robert
Alps (Europe)
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
17th century
Early modern
20th century

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment