Why We Die: The New Science of Ageing and the Quest for Immortality

ผู้เขียน Venki Ramakrishnan
ผู้แปล สุวิขขา จันทร
จำนวนหน้า 320 หน้า
ปีที่พิมพ์ 2024


“Utterly fascinating.” —Bill Bryson

‘A thrilling ride through the science of ageing and death. A must-read.’ – STEPHEN FRY

“An incredible journey.” —Siddhartha Mukherjee

“[Ramakrishnan] has a knack for making biology accessible, and he brings a searching philosophical sensibility when considering the wisdom of seeking to extend life.” —Publishers Weekly

A groundbreaking exploration of the science of aging and mortality—from Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Venki Ramakrishnan


Would you want to live forever?

Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Venki Ramakrishnan transforms our understanding of why we age and die – and whether there’s anything we can do about it.

We are living through a revolution in biology. Giant strides are being made in our understanding of why we age and die, and why some species live longer than others. Immortality, once a faint hope, has never been more within our grasp.

Examining recent scientific breakthroughs, Ramakrishnan shows how cutting-edge efforts to extend lifespan by altering our natural biology raise profound questions. Although we might not like it, does death serve a necessary biological purpose? And how can we increase our chances of living long, healthy and fulfilled lives? As science advances, we have much to gain. But might we also have much to lose?