In our last Book Club podcast of 2019, we set up the microphones and carefully balanced the levels for a discussion about Gaia Vince’s new book Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time. In her second book – the first being Adventures in the Anthropocene – Vince looks for the answer to one of humanity’s biggest questions: Why are humans are so different from any other animal? How did a tropical ape end up dominating the planet? 

Listen to this month’s book club podcast to find out what we thought about Transcendence, listen to an excerpt, and hear from Vince herself as she talked to us about our key to success and why Darwin wasn’t always right.

You can also read the full review of Transcendence here.

If you, dear listener, have any thoughts on Transcendence or know of a book you would like us to discuss in an upcoming edition of our book club podcast, let us know in the comments below or tweet at us @ChemistryWorld.