Adam’s Ancestors: Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context,

David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context, hardcover, 2008 320 pp. 2 halftones, 24 line drawings (List: $35.00, Amazon:$28.63).

“A great piece of scholarship and an equally great read. Particularly instructive is Livingstone’s discussion of monogenism, polygenism, and the various ways these theories of human origins were used in the social and political arena. This is a substantial contribution to the history of anthropology, of evolution theory, of race and racialist thought, and of science and religion.” –Nicolaas Rupke, Institute for Science History, Georg-August University of Gottingen.

“A remarkable achievement. It is a tightly organized and coherently packaged account of a set of ideas which mainstream scholarship now ignores. Controversial themes and explosive issues abound in Livingstone’s work, which is important, topical, and fascinating.”– Colin Kidd, University of Glasgow

David N. Livingstone is a professor of geography and intellectual history at the Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and author of several books, including Putting Science in Its Place: Geographies of Scientific Knowledge, The Geographical Tradition, and Darwin’s Forgotten Defenders.