The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness

by Oren Harman
New York: WW Norton, 2010. 464 pages.

“Anyone interested in evolutionary biology or the history of science will enjoy and appreciate this book,” writes reviewer Stephen Pruett-Jones, which provides a chronological treatment of the history of scientific thought about altruism and its evolution, “focusing primarily on George Price, but also detailing the lives and contributions of the other scientists contributing to the debate and theory about altruism. That list includes some of the most influential evolutionary biologists of the last century, including Ronald Fisher, JBS Haldane, Sewall Wright, John Maynard Smith, and Bill Hamilton.”