Books by Matthew Cobb

Matthew Cobb is in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester, where he lectures on animal behavior. He is also a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, and has translated a number of books on popular science and science his


LIFE’S GREATEST SECRET by Matthew Cobb
NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2015

"The greatest milestone in 20th-century biology received an iconic account in Horace Freeland Judson's The Eighth Day of Creation (1979). Much has happened since that publication, and Cobb's gripping, insightful history, often from the mouths of the participants themselves, updates the story, bringing it all the way into the present."
Animal breeders have always known that "like breeds like," but no one, Charles Darwin included, knew why offspring resemble parents except, sometimes, when they don't. Cobb (Zoology/Univ. of Manchester; Eleven Days in August: The Liberation of Paris 1944, 2014, etc.) describes how they learned.Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Readers fond of such works as Jenny Uglow's The Lunar Men (2002) will find Cobb's tale a pleasure."
Where do babies come from? If you'd been alive before 1650, you might never have known, as this instructive and pleasing history relates. Read full book review >