The Serengeti Rules

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

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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

  • Sean B. Carroll to receive 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.

  • Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink premieres on the Smithsonian Channel
    In a new film, Sean Carroll travels the globe to meet scientists unraveling the causes of two great mass extinctions and investigating whether the planet could be headed for another calamity. Produced by HHMI’s Tangled Bank Studios and Holt Productions, Carroll also served as an executive producer.

  • Sean B. Carroll named recipient of 2012 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science
    The Franklin Institute Awards are among the oldest and most prestigious science awards in the world, and recipients are recognized for their ground-breaking contributions to science. The international awards have been bestowed upon such luminaries as Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Marie and Pierre Curie, Orville Wright, and Jane Goodall.