An Introduction to the Study of Man - J. Z. [John Zachary] YoungOxford: Clarendon Press, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily sunned at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Graphs; Black & white drawings; Diagrams; Tables; Glossary; Appendix;
From the cover: “There are many ways of approaching the study of Man. Professor Young believes that biological knowledge provides a useful framework to help us to understand ourselves. Modern biology embraces many disciplines, and in this book a synthesis is made tracing the sources of human activity from their biochemical basis to the highest levels of consciousness.
The author thus sets out to present the basic scientific facts about human life in a coherent scheme. There are sections on heredity and reproduction, growth, intelligence testing, ageing, and population growth; the stages of human evolution are traced from the origin of life to the beginnings of human culture.
These facts provide background knowledge on many urgent problems, such as individual development, aggression and war, racial conflict, population control, and pollution. Philosophical and sociological problems raised by the biological view of man are discussed, and a main theme is that knowledge about the brain is revolutionizing our understanding of ourselves and the world.
Professor Young’s new book can be used as a text for a wide variety of university courses and will be of interest to all who wish to understand the scientific view of Man.”