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Exploring Evolution

by Michael Alan Park

London: Vivays, 2012. 160 pages.

“The combination of compelling illustrations and lucid text makes it the perfect antidote to (and certainly not to be confused with) the cryptocreationist publication Explore Evolution,” writes reviewer Rebecca A. Reiss. “Exploring Evolution is written without a trace of the condescending tone that characterizes other publications on this topic. Park takes a holistic approach to evolutionary science and conveys his enthusiasm with language appropriate for a general audience.

The Universe Within

by Neil Shubin

New York: Pantheon Books, 2013. 240 pages.

In the sequel to Your Inner Fish, writes reviewer Alycia Stigall, “Shubin takes an even more expansive approach to explaining how humans came to occupy our place in this world—and indeed how this world even came to be a place for us to occupy. … Moreover, he deftly intersperses his discussion of evolutionary innovations with anecdotes about the scientists and studies that generated these insights.

Evolution and Medicine

edited by Randolph M. Nesse
London: Henry Stewart Talks, 2007. Two CDs, approximately 27.5 hours.

Describing Evolution and Medicine as “a series of talks by leading evolutionary biologists and medical theorists on the relevance of evolution to medical theory and practice” that “constitute a splendid feast of chewable morsels on what is a large and comprehensive smorgasbord of evolutionary ideas,” reviewer Niall Shanks recommended it as “a very well-structured series of talks of use to a variety of educators,” particularly those teaching college students intending to enter medical scho

Proving Darwin: Making Biology Mathematical

by Gregory Chaitin
New York: Pantheon Books, 2012. 144 pages.

“This is an infuriating little book,” writes reviewer Jeffrey Shallit, complaining of its poor writing, its failure to cite relevant literature, and its author’s tendency for self-promotion and exaggeration. “Nevertheless, despite all these flaws … the book is written in an engaging and enthusiastic style, and does contain one rather interesting idea.” Shallit concludes, “So contrary to the title of his book, Chaitin has not proved Darwin mathematically.

Naming Nature: The Clash between Instinct and Science

by Carol Kaesuk Yoon
New York: WW Norton, 2009. 299 pages

Reviewer Andrew J. Petto writes, “the story of the history and diversity of life is a saga of descent from shared ancestral populations. Therefore, our way of naming organisms ought to reflect those biologic relationships.

Life Ascending

by Nick Lane
New York: W. W. Norton, 2009. 344 pages.

Jere H. Lipps writes, in his review-essay of Life Ascending, "Nick Lane’s book is terrific, a different presentation of evolution than we have generally had in the past. Lane, a biochemist, has chosen ten 'Great Inventions of Evolution' to write about and to convey 'some of my own thrill in the chase'. And thrilling each chase is.

Evolution and Creationism: A Very Short Guide, second edition

by Warren D. Allmon
Ithaca (NY): Paleontological Research Institution, 2009. 128 pages.

“When the Paleontological Research Institution opened its Museum of the Earth in 2003, its director Warren Allmon realized that the floor educators and volunteer docents needed accessible, accurate, and current information on evolution. This volume updates the original, in terms of both new scientific advances and external legal and social events,” writes reviewer Robert “Mac” West.

The Neighborhood Project

by David Sloan Wilson
New York: Little, Brown, 2011. 448 pages.

Reviewer Richard F. Firenze writes that Wilson “is suggesting that by reading the directions, written in the language of evolution, and working with what’s on the table, a species honed for survival and reproduction on the African savanna by what he calls the ‘hammer blows of natural selection’ ... can create not just a better city …

Anarchy Evolution

by Greg Graffin and Steve Olson
New York: HarperCollins, 2010. 304 pages.

In Anarchy Evolution, Graffin, a punk rock star and a biologist, “presents his own naturalistic worldview in semi-autobiographical form” along with explanations of evolution, reviewer Richard P. Meisel explains. “Each component is compelling in its own right but the connections among these elements often come off as contrived.” While the treatment of evolution was for the most part solid, Meisel thinks that Anarchy Evolution will primarily appeal to fans of punk rock.

Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science

by Sehoya Cotner and Randy Moore
Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-Clio, 2011. 318 pages. Arguing for Evolution

Arguing for Evolution is the latest addition to an increasing number of books written to provide a view of contemporary evolutionary biology for the educated layperson … organized around chapters covering the scientific status of evolution, the age of the earth, fossils, biogeography, molecular and anatomical evidence of evolution, behavior, coevolution, and human evolution,” explains reviewer Erik Scully.


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