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Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life

by Niles Eldredge
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005. 256 pages.

Written by NCSE Supporter Niles Eldredge and with no fewer than one hundred illustrations, Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life is the companion to the American Museum of Natural History's exhibition celebrating the two hundredth anniversary of Darwin's birth, but it's more, too: a rich and inspiring reconstruction of Darwin's life through his writings and discoveries. The reviewer for Science News writes, "Using four of Darwin's notebooks as his starting point, Eldredge considers the speculation, intuitive leaps, and logical reasoning that Darwin undertook to arrive at his theory ...What results is a fascinating exposition of Darwin's skill as an experimental scientist and deductive reasoner."