Rarely have man and mission been more suited than Richard Dawkins and evangelizing for evolution.  The explanatory germ of the Darwinian idea is so simple and powerful it demands to be shouted from the rooftops.  Yet its ramifications are so extensive, intricate, and sometimes paradoxical, that a kind of rigorous but joyful empiricism is called for to suss them out. Dawkins is the master scientific explicator of our time, but he is worried.  The Greatest Show On Earth (Free Press, $30) is a fusillade of illustration, argument, and rebuttal directed against “the history deniers,” that sizable faction of our polity dumb to the majesty and sheer, comprehensive veracity of the story of life.  Dawkins’s tremendous fluency of analogy convinces and informs us of the evidence for evolution, rather than merely popularizing it. In this respect, he is a worthy heir of Darwin himself.

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ISBN: 9781416594796
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Published: Free Press - August 24th, 2010

I never thought I’d look at formaldehyde aesthetically. Through the lens of the adept nature photographer Susan Middleton, the archives of the California Academy of Sciences—those taxidermied beavers and parrots, rows of pinned beetles, jars brimming with lizards—receive a clean framing and a fresh styling. The Academy’s Evidence Of Evolution (Abrams, $29.95) includes tortoise-shell shapes, lizard coloration, and, of course, the slight variations in finches’ beaks; these are vivid real-world illustrations of the evidence that led Darwin to his theories. The at-times elusive processes, patterns, and phenomena are further clarified in the sparkling and approachable text by Mary Ellen Hannibal. Her historical account of evolutionary discovery goes beyond Darwin’s cult to depict the contributing discoveries of Lyell, Goethe, Mendel, and Wallace, also taking time to dwell upon the history of evolution, and the curve ball of climate change.

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ISBN: 9780810949249
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2009