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The Fact of Evolution

by Cameron M. Smith

Amherst (NY): Prometheus Books, 2011. 346 pages.

Reviewer Eric W. Dewar writes, “The Fact of Evolution presents itself as a means to end the argument over evolution by portraying evolution as the unavoidable logical consequence of replication, variation, and selection.” He appreciated the book’s extensive survey of the literature of evolution, but took issue with its choice of examples, its ahistorical treatment of evolution, its neglect of common misconceptions about evolution, and its idiosyncratic choices of terminology. He concludes, “Smith’s work has many strengths as a reference for the recent literature about evolution, and would probably be a good resource as a text that supports a course, but not as a primary textbook.”