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User Review  - janw - LibraryThing

I like biography and at some points while reading The Price of Altruism, I found it hard to put the book down. As the book progressed it became harder to continue following Price's path of self ... Read full review

THE PRICE OF ALTRUISM: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The strange story of an oddball scientist who developed a mathematical approach to understanding altruism.By the end of his life, George Price (1922-75), a University of Chicago doctorate in chemistry ... Read full review

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User Review  - Narboink - LibraryThing

This is an intriguing biography of George Price, a little-known population geneticist, interwoven with an intellectual history of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. While the story of ... Read full review

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This book wasn't what I was hoping for at all. I didn't even get 100 pages in before I put it down. So far the book has told me very little about Price himself, it has gone into a lot of other famous & not so famous scientist & theorist who helped mold the evolution theories of today. It's discussed a little about the conflicting theories of natural selection & humans altruistic nature and the different ways it has been explained, but even that was really slow getting his point accross.
I'm sure if I stuck with it eventually I would learn about the subject I was hoping for which was George Price & his own personal search for the origins of kindness. But I'm so bored with the book at this point that I've decided to call it quits instead.
I can't even recommend this book for someone who wants to learn about the subject, without any specific scientist in mind. Mostly because the writing style is so hard to follow. The author jumps around from the late 1800's to the 1930's almost in midparagraph & talks about one person and then another in such a confusing way that you have to reread just to figure out which person he's talking about.
I wanted to like this book. But I just don't.

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