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- 1. Souls, seeds, and chauvinism, 2500 BC–AD 400
- 2. Sex, seed, and sin in the medieval world
- 3. Heredity in the early modern world, 1450–1700
- 4. Heredity in the Enlightenment
- 5. Heredity in the 19th century
- 6. Molecules and men
- 7. New horizons
- 8. Progress and possibility