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The Shortest History of Sex – ONLINE

Fri 12 Apr, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

About the event

David Baker talks about his new book, The Shortest History of Sex 


An online event released as a YouTube premiere on 12 April at 12 noon:  



How did sex begin? How did it come to be so varied in humans? What influence does our long-term genetic ancestry have on our love life today? And what might sex look like in the high-tech future?  

The Shortest History of Sex traces the evolution of sexuality, from the first microscopic couplings two billion years ago through the dinosaurs, primates and the earliest humans right up to the present day. Along the way, the author reveals why humanity’s baffling array of passions are the way they are. From the basic chemical processes to modern codes of flirting, Baker lifts the lid on one of nature’s primary forces. This is an erudite, entertaining and sometimes outrageous book that tackles large questions with humour and insight – an essential vade-me-cum for the curious reader.  


‘Sure to enlighten and entertain, and challenge our understanding of human sexuality’ Simon Whistler  


David Baker is a history and science writer for SimonWhistler.com and the author of A Brief History of the Last 13.8 Billion Years. He holds the world’s first PhD in Big History, studying under David Christian. He has delivered award-winning lectures at Macquarie University and the University of Amsterdam, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and wrote the YouTube series Crash Course Big History, hosted by John and Hank Green in partnership with the Gates Big History Project. 


Release Date: Friday 12 April 

Release Time: 12 noon 

Venue: Online 

Tickets: Free (no booking required)

Age guidance: 16+ 


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Don’t worry if you miss the release of this event. This event will be pre-recorded and available to view on YouTube any time after the release date. 


Fri 12 Apr
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
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