Saturday, August 1, 2009

Rough Guide to Evolution in Nature again this week

The Rough Guide to Evolution features again in the prestigious scientific journal Nature this week, thanks to Eugenie Scott (executive director of the US National Center for Science Education), who recommends it as Summer reading:
"The 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, plus the 150th anniversary of the publication of his best-known book, On the Origin of Species, make 2009 the year to learn about evolution. Mark Pallen's The Rough Guide to Evolution provides a concise summary of what you need to know: a brief history of the idea that all living things share common ancestry, a complete survey of the mechanisms of evolution and a solid summary of how life originated and then adapted through time to a changing planet. He livens up the story with literary, musical and cultural references so that you never feel you are being told to eat your vegetables. Alas, it is not only non-specialists who don't have a firm grasp of the strength of theory and data supporting the modern understanding of evolution — many scientists outside the field of evolutionary biology struggle too. This entertaining handbook will bring anyone up to date."
Thanks Genie!

1 comment:

llane1 said...

I have a generally good knowledge of evolution, but my knowledge is weak in some areas. For about a decade I've looked for an evolution book that's both comprehensive and easy to read. "Rough Guide" appears to be what I've looked for all these years.

Les Lane