If there is one dominant myth about the world one huge mistake we all make it is that we all go around assuming the world is much more of a planned place than it is. From the industrial revolution and the rise of China to urbanisation and the birth of bitcoin Matt Ridley demolishes conventional assumptions that the great events and trends of our day are dictated by those on high. On the contrary our most important achievements develop from the ground up. In this wide-ranging and erudite book Matt Ridley brilliantly makes the case for evolution as the force that has shaped much of our culture our minds and that even now is shaping our future. As compelling as it is controversial as authoritative as it is ambitious Ridleys deeply thought-provoking book will change the way we think about the world and how it works. Matt Ridley received his BA and D. Phil at Oxford researching the evolution of behaviour. He has been science editor Washington correspondent and American editor of The Economist. He is the author of bestselling titles The Red Queen (1993) The Origins of Virtue (1996) Genome (1999) and Nature via Nurture (2003). His books have sold over half a million copies been translated into 25 languages and been shortlisted for six literary prizes. In 2004 he won the National Academies Book Award from the US National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine for Nature via Nurture. In 2007 Matt won the Davis Prize from the US History of Science Society for Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code. He is married to the neuroscientist Professor Anya Hurlbert.