Adam Rutherford

Adam Rutherford

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly Radio 4 programme Inside Science and The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with Dr Hannah Fry. He is the author of Creation, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, The  Book of Humans, the Sunday Times bestselling How To Argue With a Racist and the co-author of Rutherford and Fry's Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (abridged).

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  1. 24. CONTROL: THE DARK HISTORY AND TROUBLING PRESENT OF EUGENICS
    24. CONTROL: THE DARK HISTORY AND TROUBLING PRESENT OF EUGENICS

    How did an obscure academic idea pave the way to the Holocaust within just fifty years? Why does eugenics still loom large in the twenty-first century, despite its genocidal past? Did eugenics work? Could it work? Or was it always a pseudoscientific fantasy? Population control has been attempted in every country for thousands of years. But in the Victorian era, in the shadow of Darwin's ideas about evolution, a new full-blooded attempt to impose control over unruly biology began to grow. Science-writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford will expose attempts by the powerful throughout history to impose control upon reproduction and will unpick one of the defining - and most destructive - ideas of the twentieth century.

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