Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands

by Edward J. Larson
New York: Basic Books, 2002. 336 pages.

According to the reviewer for Publishers Weekly, "Larson's first-rate history not only will entertain and engage lay readers but also is required reading for those seriously interested in Darwin, evolution, or these remarkable islands." But since Larson mixes his history of science with the history of religion as well, Evolution's Workshop is a good choice to recommend to those, including many members of the clergy, who have little background in the evolutionary sciences but a keen interest in the history and cultural dynamics involved in the interplay of science and religion. As in Summer for the Gods, Larson sustains the reader's interest with anecdotes, observations, and musings.