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The price of altruism : George Price and the search for the origins of kindness

Author: Oren Solomon Harman
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes the intellectual journey of eccentric American genius George Price, who tried to answer the evolutionary riddle of why people are nice, and eventually gave away all his belongings and took his own life in a squatter's flat.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George Robert Price; George Robert Price; George Robert Price; George Robert Price
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oren Solomon Harman
ISBN: 9780393067781 0393067785
OCLC Number: 449865346
Description: 451 pages : portrait ; 25 cm
Contents: War or peace? --
New York --
Selections --
Roaming --
Friendly starfish, selfish games --
Hustling --
Solutions --
No easy way --
London --
"Coincidence" conversion --
"Love" conversion --
Reckonings --
Altruism --
Last days --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Oren Harman.

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The moving tale of one man's quest to crack the mystery of altruism, an evolutionary enigma that has haunted scientists since Darwin.  Read more...

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In this remarkable book, Oren Harman tracks George Price, an awkward, disturbed, and profoundly, almost saintly scientist.... It is an astonishing story at every level, from the destitute wanderings Read more...

 
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