As part of a new series, The Guardian is reviewing all six of the books nominated for the prize. They gave Pinker's contribution a rave review, saying that, “it is something more than a science book: it is an epic history.” Further: “The attack is humane but headlong; the background reading is prodigious and pertinent; the evidence is marshalled with vigour and rigour; and the writing is laced with a casual, populist wit…the effect is exhilarating.” Known for his profound ideas, and his ability to translate those grand theories into accessible reading for the masses, Pinker is one of the world's leading cognitive scientists. He is the Professor of Psychology at Harvard and a New York Times bestselling author. Two of his other books, The Blank Slate and How The Mind Works were also nominated for the Pulitzer prize. His public talks are just as articulate as his writing. He presents fascinating theories supported by multidisciplinary research that engage his audiences and alter the way they look at human society.
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