“With only seven chapters and 177 pages of text, Evolution: The Basics is true to its title, offering an abbreviated and basic introduction to evolutionary thought,” writes reviewer Daniel J. Fairbanks.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. 120 pages.
Describing it as a “fresh and splendid little book,” reviewer Warren D. Allmon praisesThe Evidence for Evolution for focusing on the evidence for evolution, explaining, “By far the best feature of this book … is its focus on precisely why such indirect evidence actually favors evolution over its alternatives.
Greenwood Village (CO): Roberts and Company, 2011. 330 pages.
Marvalee H. Wake describes In the Light of
Evolution as “a wonderfully rich and diverse collection
of essays that illustrate the way evolutionary biologists
think and work—how they develop questions and
hypotheses about evolution and how it occurs, how they
test their hypotheses, why both lab and field work are
important to resolution of many questions, and why the
answers usually open new questions—and why that is
useful for the progress of science.
According to reviewer Anya
Plutynski, “This engaging volume surveys
novel empirical and theoretical advances
in biology since the Modern Synthesis,
some of which add to, and some challenge, its central
tenets.” The project is to extend the synthesis to include
patterns and processes often considered to be at the
margins of the theory, such as epigenetic inheritance,
niche inheritance, facilitated variations, plasticity, and
evolvability; the review focuses on the last two of these.
Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press, 2010. 208
“Yarus takes on an ambitious task,”
reviewer Arthur G. Hunt explains, “to
summarize the excitement and curiosity
of RNA research for a broad audience that
includes the informed lay public as well as life scientists.
On top of this, he is faced with the unenviable but
inescapable task of explaining some of the fastest-moving
and -changing areas in science.
Baltimore (MD): The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 104 pages.
Ayala is eminently qualified to write such a book, reviewer Joel W. Martin
observes, especially because of his irenic attitude toward faith. The book is “well-written, accurate, and concise, and it covers the main points of biological evolution
likely to be questioned by non-specialists,” although two of the questions Ayala addresses (What is DNA? and How Did Life Begin?) strike Martin as somewhat out of place.
Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 2001. 224 pages.
From the jacket copy of the 2001 edition, with a new preface by Wilson: “In this book, the authors developed a general theory to explain the facts of island biogeography. The theory builds on the first principles of population ecology and genetics to explain how distance and area combine to regulate the balance between immigration and extinction in island populations. The authors then test the theory against data. ...
Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 2009. 494 pages.
Almost half a century after the publication of The Theory of Island Biogeography, the contributors to Losos and Ricklefs’s collection — including Wilson himself, with his retrospective essay “Island biogeography in the 1960s” — take a look back at MacArthur and Wilson’s seminal work and a look forward at new directions and dimensions for the field.
From the publisher: “This new edition incorporates the exciting changes of the recent years, and presents a thoughtful exploration of the research and controversies that have transformed our understanding of the biogeography of the world. It also clearly identifies the three quite different arenas of biogeographical research: continental biogeography, island biogeography and marine biogeography. ...
The latest and thoroughly updated edition of a classic textbook, which Edward J Miller describes as “an instructor–scientist’s dream: attractive, interesting, and questioning; full and broad; with superb graphics; and ranging from pre-historical to historical to today — including nowadays environmental issues.