Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative biologists, presents the ideas of morphic resonance and morphogenetic fields as an alternative, more holistic means of addressing the problems of morphogenesis that are not adequately answered by current orthodox science. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University (where he was awarded the University Botany Prize). He then studied philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. A prolific author, he was formerly Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology at Clare College, Cambridge. From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Sheldrake studied rain forest plants. From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he was Principal Plant Physiologist. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life.