Longevity.- Body Architecture.- Maintenance of the Body.- Multiple Causes.- The Ancient Origins of Ageing.- Mice and Men.- How Many Genes?.- The Evolution of Human Longevity.- Myths of Life Extension.- Doctors' Dilemma.- The Modulation of Longevity.- Ageing and the Angels.- Longevity, Population Pressure and Warfare.- Dialogue between Life and Death.- The Road to Discovery.- Resolution of the Paradox.
For centuries people have puzzled over the inevitability of human aging. At the end of the 20th century a remarkable scientific discovery emerged, based on a series of important interconnected insights over quite a long period of time. The aim of this book is to dispel ignorance by explaining in non-technical language what are the reasons for aging and the myth of excessive prolongation of life.
The first overview of the topic written in non-technical language
Because it avoids technical terminology, it is easily readable
Covers a lot of ground that can only be found in specialised monographs or journals
The author has a wide ranging knowledge of all the important areas of biology
Also discusses ageing and longevity in relation to human activities such as religion and war