"This collection, edited by Dronamraju, does not aim to be definitive or exhaustive. Rather, Dronamraju, the author and editor of numerous works on Haldane, chooses to be relevant and exemplary, selecting in order to give readers a taste of Haldane's remarkable writing style and his significance. Dronamraju is to be congratulated for introducing a new generation of readers to Haldane's work."--ISIS
"Haldane's essays reveal the effects of time on writing for an immediate audience. They demonstrate how science has changed some 50 to 80 years later. Well worth reading are Haldane's criticisms of eugenics in the essay, 'The Mathematics of Evolution', his advice for popular science writing in 'How to Write a Popular Science Article', his assessment of Darwin in 'Indian Perspective', and 'Inventions that Made Men Free'."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
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"This edited collection of some of [Haldane's] long out-of-print essays is manifestly a labour of love. The appearance of this selection will hopefully introduce the original Haldane to a new and wider audience, telling us more about the author and his times."--The Lancet
What I Require From Life is a compilation of his popular scientific essays written from the 1940s to last years of his life, that reflect not only his masterful ability to communicate scientific understanding, but also his deep commitment to socialism. The essays included here fall into two groups; those written by Haldane during the 1940s when he embraced Marxism, and those written during his last years in India (1957-64), and they range from An Autobiography in Brief
(written three years before his death), to his Marxist view of evolution The Chicken or the Egg? , to his poignant poem Cancer is a Funny Thing.
Edited with an introduction by Haldane's last graduate pupil, Professor Krishna Dronamraju, this collection of thought-provoking and beautifully-written science writing also comes with a Preface written by the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke, who provides a personal perspective on Haldane's unique place in 20th century science.