Books by Roger Highfield

Roger Highfield is the science editor of The Daily Telegraph in Britain and the author of several books.


SUPERCOOPERATORS by Martin A. Nowak
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 22, 2011

"A fleshed-out, persuasive chronicle of the bright side—collective enterprise—of the evolutionary road."
With New Scientist editor Highfield (The Science of Harry Potter, 2003, etc.), Nowak (Biology and Mathematics/Harvard Univ.; Evolutionary Dynamics, 2006, etc.) presents a panoramic view of the role of cooperation in the evolution. Read full book review >
AFTER DOLLY by Ian Wilmut
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 12, 2006

"The how of cloning, beautifully told by optimists who believe that wise heads and good science will justify the whys."
This book from the "father" of the world's first cloned animal ranges from autobiography to medical history to an extensive discussion of the policies and ethical issues raised by Dolly. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Overall, their enthusiasm marks the authors as true believers that the efforts of mankind (yes, mostly men) to take on complexity, achieving both beauty and order, will succeed. (8-page color insert, not seen)"
 From the English team that brought you The Arrow of Time (1991), more on the general theme that the most interesting things in life are nonlinear, asymmetric, chaotic, and complexin short, not user-friendly, but perhaps computable. Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ALBERT EINSTEIN by Roger Highfield
Released: May 1, 1994

"In that sense, this portrait is tantamount to a Rembrandt biography that sporadically mentions that the Dutchman doodled on a canvas."
 This lively account of Einstein's relationship with family and friends represents the opening salvo in what will likely be a barrage of ``tell-all'' books based on his papers. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1991

"In addition, the authors provide some fascinating examples of biorhythms and patterning in chemical and biological clocks, and in self-organizing systems from slime molds to the mammalian embryo. (Color and b&w photographs—not seen.)"
 It is the ambition of all research, the authors quote 19th- century scientist Willard Gibbs, ``to find the point of view from which the subject appears in its greatest simplicity.'' However, it is the ambition of these same authors (Coveney: Physical Chemistry/Univ. of Wales; Highfield: science editor of the London Daily Telegraph) to demonstrate that simplicity doesn't get you very far in the real (macroscopic) world of time and space. Read full book review >