Oren Harman: The Price of Altruism

In his book The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness (W. W. Norton, 2010),  historian of science Oren Harman, chair of the STS program at Bar Ilan University, tells the history of the notion of altruism in science in a broad political and cultural context. He  interweaves this history with the personal history of George Price (1922-1975), the eccentric researcher who derived the Price Equation, and took his own life after claiming to realize the grave implications of his equation for human nature.

The New York Times selected the book as one of the 100 notable books of 2010. Harman talks about his book on the popular radio show Radiolab, and in this short video.