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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

On the Shelf

Florida State University biologist Joseph Travis and historian and philosopher Michael Ruse worked together for more than six years to produce their new book, Evolution: The First Four Billion Years. It's huge, more than 1,000 pages long.
Travis and Ruse edited the work, which they hope will be a definitive statement on what we know—and don't know—about evolution. In the first half, top scholars from a variety of fields (disciplines as wide-ranging as genetics, epidemiology, and theology) write essays that chew over the relationship between their area of expertise and evolution. The second half of the book contains an evolution encyclopedia (including challenging modern topics, such as the evolution of altruism) as well as summaries of major historical works.