SEL Books: QH361 .Z48 2003
I provided a brief recommendation of this book in conjunction with Evolution vs. Creation, by Eugenie Scott, but at that time our collection did not contain this book. We have recently acquired Evolution, and it is such a fascinating and informative book that it deserves its own recommendation.
This is a great introduction to evolutionary theory, intertwining the histories of the theory and its founder with current findings and ideas. It follows the pre-Darwinian progression of the concept, Darwin’s initial antagonism towards it, the data that led him to alter his ideas, and the reasons he avoided publishing his findings for thirty years.
Other topics discussed at length include the biological “tree” of living species, coevolution, disease evolution, extinction, and the evolution of sex. Zimmer also includes a section on human evolution and the consequences of evolutionary concepts on society.
Evolution can become an explosive issue. Lots of misinformation is floating around on all sides of the issue. Read this book if you want a good, basic understanding of the scientific claims about, and the evidence for, evolutionary theory.
(Originally published in Connections, March 2006)