The triumph of science in explaining man's unique place in the universe might seem almost complete. But in this lucid and provocative book, physician and columnist James Le Fanu describes how science still comes up against two seemingly unanswerable questions concerning the nature of genetic inheritance and the workings of the brain, suggesting there is, after all, more than we can know. "Scientists do not 'do' wonder," he writes in his introduction. "Rather ... they have interpreted the world through the prism of supposing there is nothing in principle that cannot be accounted for." But Le Fanu argues that it is simply not possible to get from the sequence of genes strung out along the double helix to the infinite beauty and diversity of the living world.
"[The author posits] that life is finally inexplicable, and the universe full of mysteries that are inaccessible to scientific probing. The fact that these rarely stated realities are so superbly brought to life here makes this a brave, brilliant and fascinating book."—Sunday Telegraph (London)