Evolution of causal beliefs

Lewis Wolpert was born in Johannesburg in South Africa and was trained initially as an engineer at the University of Witwatersrand. After working as an engineer in Britain and Israel, Wolpert's interests turned to biology and he began to study for a PhD in embryology at King's College, London. He taught there from 1958 until 1966, when he was appointed professor of biology at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. Since 1987 he has been working at University College, London. Wolpert has worked mainly on the problem of pattern formation in biological development. Much recent work in developmental biology was described by Wolpert in his book The Triumph of the Embryo [Oxford, 1991], material that was originally presented in his 1986 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Wolpert has also taken it upon himself to speak for science in such works as his book The Unnatural Nature of Science [London, 1993], against what he sees as increasingly philistine attacks from journalists and politicians against the aims and methods of modern science. The latest of the several books he has authored and dedicated to the communication of science is Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief.