FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2018
THE EDINBURGH MEDAL 2018
"The Edinburgh Medal is a prestigious
award awarded to scientists who make a significant contribution to our understanding of humanity"
WINNER OF THE
ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2017
From The Guardian
"Testosterone Rex triumphs as Royal Society science book
of the year."
NEW: From the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy:
"In Testosterone Rex, Fine continues her witty, irreverent, and thoroughly feminist and scientific takedown of the sexist ideologies entrenched deep within science ... by drawing attention to how cultural assumptions, scientific research, and gendered biases have popularized demonstrably false understandings of biology, evolution, and their impacts on human behavior and development, Fine, wiht the efficiency of an asteroid, drives Testosterone Rex into extinction.
"[W]e have high hopes that this book will help correct testosterone's unearned reputation as a comprehensive explanation for sex differences and will point people toward a more accurate understanding of gender, hormones, and human nature.
"Fine distills many of the key insights about gender and sex, brains and behavior, and science and society that research in these fields has yielded in the past few decades ... with both remarkable clarity and her distinctive sense of humor, making the book an undeniable joy to read. Her treatment of the research she reviews is deep enough to be compelling to scientists, yet written in an accessible way for a lay audience."
From The Economist:
"a provocative and often fascinating book"
From the New York Times:
"[S]uch tireless energy is just what's needed to slay a monster of this gargantuan size and this determined tenacity. Beliefs about men and women are as old as humanity itself, but Fine's funny, spiky book gives reason to hope that we've heard Testosterone rex's last roar."
From the Financial Times:
"The expression 'essential reading for everyone' is usually untrue as well as a cliche, but if there were a book deserving of that description this might just be it."
From the week's best science picks, Nature:
"Fed up with men from Mars and women from Venus? In this witty corrective, psychologist Cordelia Fine examines the fraying “biological big picture” of sexual selection, and corrals findings in evolutionary science, neuroscience and endocrinology to add nuance to it. As she demonstrates, the genetic and hormonal components of sex 'collaborate' in complex ways with societal aspects of the developmental system, such as education. Gendered marketing, men-only expert panels and other sexist norms may seem trivial, but their cumulative impact is ultimately damaging."
Testosterone Rex named as an Amazon Best Book and an Amazon Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year So Far
Testosterone Rex is the powerful myth the squashes hopes of sex equality by telling us that men and women have evolved different natures. By bring together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and more, psychologist Cordelia Fine moves beyond old 'nature versus nurture' debates to explain why it's time to unmake this tyrannical myth.
"Testosterone Rex is that rare combination of revelatory science, trenchant analysis and understated humour that makes it not only a pleasure to read but an invaluable resource." - Sharon Begley, author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain
Further information can be found here.
Delusions of Gender
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference takes on that tricky question, Why exactly are men from Mars and women from Venus?, and eviscerates both the neuroscientists who claim to have the answers and the popularizers who take their findings and run with them. ... [R]ead this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is." - New York Times.
Delusions of Gender was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction 2011, The Best Book of Ideas Prize 2011, The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2010 and the Warwick Prize 2013.
"Dr Cordelia Fine argues convincingly that everything we once thought is wrong ... The hard data is illuminating, and engaging, but Fine manages a light touch throughout. This is a truly startling book." - The Independent.
Further information can be found here.