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The Serengeti Rules

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"A visionary book about how life works."
—The Guardian


A bold and inspiring synthesis by one of our most accomplished biologists and gifted storytellers, The Serengeti Rules is the first book to illuminate how life works at vastly different scales. Read it and you will never look at the world the same way again. Read more...

"The Serengeti Rules is a superb journey of a book written by a scientist of the first rank. Unfolding seamlessly from molecule to ecosystem, it explains with authority and grace why modern biology is central not just to human life but that of the planet itself."-Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

"Original, provocative, and beautifully crafted, Carroll's book provides a glimpse into the deeper laws of biology that govern the earth. With his inimitable style of storytelling combined with deep knowledge of science, Carroll takes us on a rollicking adventure, reminding us that the rules that apply to ecosystems also apply to the human body. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of the planet."-Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Recent News

  • The Acclaimed Documentary The Serengeti Rules will Premiere on PBS’ Nature October 9
    Based on the book by Sean B. Carroll, The Serengeti Rules will forever change the way we see nature. The film, a New York Times critic’s pick, which they dubbed, “science made spellbinding,” has won awards at top-film festivals worldwide including Wildscreen’s (UK) “Smithsonian Channel Theatrical Award,” “Best Environmental Film” at the 2019 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, and the “Green Fire Award” at the 2018 American Conservation Film Festival.

  • The Farthest—Voyager in Space wins Emmy for Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary
    The film chronicles the epic story of the twin Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 to the outer planets as told by the scientists and engineers who planned and executed the most ambitious scientific mission in NASA history. Directed by Emer Reynolds; Produced by John Murray and Clare Stronge; Executive Producers John Rubin, Sean B. Carroll, Keith Potter, and Dennis Liu.

  • Sean B. Carroll receives Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science
    The award honors “the rare individual who bridges the worlds of science and the humanities—whose voice and vision can tell us about science’s aesthetic and philosophical dimensions, providing not merely new information but cause for reflection, even revelation.” Previous awardees include E. O. Wilson, Oliver Sacks, Jared Diamond, and Richard Dawkins.