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Edward Dolnick's newest book, The Seeds of Life, is about scientists' stumbling efforts to solve the greatest mystery of them all—where do babies come from? Leonardo da Vinci didn't know. Neither did Isaac Newton or Galileo or any of the geniuses who made the modern world!

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Praise for The Seeds of Life:


The New York Times
(review is by Abraham Verghese,
author of Cutting for Stone)

"Engaging and exuberant."

The Wall Street Journal

"A wonderful, astonishing story, beautifully told. Edward Dolnick has surpassed himself (and everyone else)!"

David Wootton, author of
The Invention of Science: A New
History of the Scientific Revolution

"A delightful history ... The Seeds of Life is the best sort of science history, explaining not only how great men made great discoveries, but why equally great men, trapped by prejudices and what seemed to be plain common sense, missed what was in front of their noses."

Kirkus (starred review)

"In this unexpectedly amusing history, the author investigates a question few readers will have ever considered: When did people figure out where babies come from? ... From the bizarre, including a woman who claimed to have given birth to rabbits, to the divine—some scientists insisted that God's hand was a critical component to conception—Dolnick follows an array of trails. Combining first-class research and a truly delightful writing style, Dolnick shares his fascination with the history of science and our perception of reproduction in this enlightening and enjoyable read."


"Where do babies come from? People pondered this question for millennia, yet it was not until 1875 that an answer finally materialized. ... Dolnick weaves a suspenseful tale of discovery, failure and often just plain weirdness while never losing sight of the mystery at hand."

Scientific American
("Recommended" book)

"A rich and entertaining history"

Natural History

Edward's previous books include The Clockwork Universe; and The Forger's Spell, the New York Times bestselling account of the greatest art hoax of the 20th century; and The Rescue Artist, winner of the Edgar Award in 2006 for best non-fiction.

Praise for The Clockwork Universe:

"I've read a lot of science books and this is by far one of the best I've ever read. It's fascinating, clear, even funny. And it takes readers through one of the most astonishing eras in science."

Barbara Strauch, science editor,
The New York Times

"The Clockwork Universe is ... so well and entertainingly written and so filled with interesting material that it is one of those rare volumes the reader regrets reaching the end of. ... Dolnick has to cover an extraordinary amount of of ground here and he does so with remarkable ease, bringing the men, the reasoning, the science, and the intellectual world they lived in to brilliant life."


Praise for The Forger's Spell:

"Mesmerizing account of an amateur artist who made millions selling forged paintings to art-obsessed Nazis and business tycoons. ... Energetic and authoritative"

Kirkus (starred review)

"... extraordinary ... fascinating ... compelling ..."

Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

Praise for The Rescue Artist:

"Dolnick's scenario is as good as an Alfred Hitchcock thriller with Woody Allen occasionally touching up the script. ... There has never been a better book on art crime."


"A masterpiece. Engrossing, entertaining, often surreally hilarious."

Mary Roach

Praise for Down the Great Unknown:

"This stirring tale of John Wesley Powell's 1869 ten-man expedition by boat 1,000 miles down the unmapped Colorado River through the uncharted mile-high Grand Canyon is as dramatic as the adversities Conan Doyle dreamed up for Professor Challenger in The Lost World ... Dolnick keeps his narrative flowing like a strong current, pioneering in prose with much of one-armed Powell's own self-confidence."

The Times (London)

"Down the Great Unknown brushes against perfection. This is history written as it should be—and too rarely is: enthusiastic, rigorous, painterly, gloriously free of both pedantry and hyperbole."

Amazon.com editorial review

Praise for The Rush:

"... The Rush is fantastic ... Dolnick is a rare breed among popular historians. His prose isn't only smart and lively. It's also just plain fun to read thanks to his wit and appreciation for masterful storytellers."

Christian Science Monitor

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