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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. Consequently, the resulting volume is not just an exposition of how human biology and evolution is linked to the cosmos. It is also a narrative—presented in a clear, conversational, and engaging writing style—of how our modern understanding of this relationship came about.”