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New York: WW Norton, 2010. 464 pages.
“Anyone interested in evolutionary biology or the history of science will enjoy and appreciate this book,” writes reviewer Stephen Pruett-Jones, which provides a chronological treatment of the history of scientific thought about altruism and its evolution, “focusing primarily on George Price, but also detailing the lives and contributions of the other scientists contributing to the debate and theory about altruism.
New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011. 223 pages.
Reviewer David F. Prindle praises York and Clark’s “cogent summaries of concepts and issues that must be understood if Gould’s thought is to be understood and appreciated,” but is in the end disappointed by their uncritical across-the-board agreement with Gould’s political and scientific views, writing, “the authors give us, not a judicious account of politics and science, but a propaganda tract written in elevated language. ...
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 215 pages.
Concluding his review of Borrello’s history of group selection, E. G. Leigh Jr. summarizes: “Those acquainted with the group selection controversy might benefit from this book. I earned much of interest from it about various aspects of the controversy. On the other hand, it makes a poor introduction to the controversy, because it communicates a very inadequate understanding of why opponents of group selection were so sure that it could rarely be effective.
New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2010. 320 pages.
Reviewer Pat Shipman regards the individual chapters of Written in Stone as good, particularly the opening chapter on the overselling of Darwinius masillae: “For a student wanting to brush up quickly on, say, human or horse evolution, this book will be a treasure trove.” But she laments the lack of any overarching structure or theme to unify them.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 482 pages.
Reviewer Sherrie Lyons describes Natural Selection & Beyond as “a valuable and welcome addition, elucidating the many different facets of this complicated and talented man.” The essays in the first part of the book consider Wallace as a field biologist and collector. The essays in the second part consider Wallace’s other interests, including his views on socialism, eugenics, and spiritualism.
Ithaca (NY): Paleontological Research Institution and Cornell University Library, 2009. 156 pages.
Dean’s book focuses on Darwin’s later years, and thus tells “a further story about Darwin’s accomplishments, some in quite esoteric fields (such as barnacles or earthworms and their effects in soils,” writes reviewer Sara B. Hoot.
Berkeley (CA): University of California Press, 2008. 288 pages.
“In Nature’s Clocks,” writes reviewer John W Geissman, “Doug Macdougall provides an exceptionally well-written and engaging description ... of how we know what we know about absolute age determinations and thus about our attempts to unravel the uncertainties of deep time.
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