Philadelphia (PA): Lightning Rod Press / American Philosophical Society, 2010. 806 pages.
Darwin’s Disciple tells the story of Darwin’s younger colleague George John Romanes through his correspondence, annotated by Joel S. Schwartz. “While the collection is not exhaustive—though the full Darwin/Romanes correspondence is included—Schwartz has succeeded in his task,” writes reviewer John M. Lynch.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 548 pages.
Reviewer John S. Wilkins writes, “As the sesquicentenary of Darwin’s Origin of Species in 2009 showed, there is an enormous amount of material one might have to become familiar with if one wants to have an informed view of Darwin, and so a standard reference book is required. This is that book — the second edition of the volume, updated somewhat and with new essays.
According to reviewer Brian Regal, “Defining Darwin is another in a long line of works geared towards general audiences to help them understand the various complex issues involved in evolutionary studies and history.
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.
“The central message of the volume is that a Lamarckian perspective should be taken into account in biology in order to produce a new evolutionary synthesis that would describe and explain the biological world better than the classical theory of evolution,” writes reviewer Francesca Merlin.
Gainesville (FL): University
Press of Florida, 2010. 437 pages.
most recent biography of Emma Darwin is
an old-fashioned ‘life’ in the best Victorian
sense, both an uplifting portrait of Emma’s
qualities and an entertaining window into a world gone
by,” write reviewers Stanley A Rice and Lisette Rice.
“Emma Darwin was herself interesting and admirable,
not just as the wife of Charles Darwin.
“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
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. ...