The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness
"Survival of the fittest or survival of the nicest? Since the dawn of time man has contemplated the mysteries of altruism, but it was Darwin who first posed the question most starkly. From the selfless ant to the stinging bee to the man laying down his life for a stranger, evolution had borne a goodness that in theory should never be. The quest to answer this riddle would travel far and wide. The Altruism Code follows the incredible story of the eccentric American genius George Price. From the heights of the Manhattan Project to the depths of homelessness and despair, his life embodies the paradoxes of Darwin's enigma. Price's unusual scientific journey led to an all-consuming quest to crack the secrets of altruism. What he found compelled him to give away all his belongings to help others, ultimately becoming one of the vagabonds he set out to save. His tragic suicide, in a squat, alone, far away from family, provides the ultimate contemplation on the possibility of genuine kindness. The story of Price's life is intricately woven into the sweeping arc of modern politics and science. From the Beagle in the southern seas to the court of the Russian Czar to the chambers of London'