A great survey of Evolution, from Darwin's voyage to the modern synthesis.
I was nervous about getting this book, that it may be too dry or not written clearly. It was perfectly written and designed. It gave a history of evolution, and a strong background on Darwin, and factor's in his life that influenced him. This book helps you make connections to your own life and the world in general. It was such a great book I really enjoyed it. I plan to listen to this one over and over again. Spectacular! If you enjoy learning about science, you'll enjoy this book. You'll enjoy it even if you've previously studied evolution and Darwin. I've read a couple books before this one, and it still offered me knowledge I've previously not known. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Something to think about...I had highs and lows with this one. Some (or most) of it was over my head, but I felt most was explained well enough that I could get the over-all picture.
As comprehensive a book on where our ideas of evolution come from as you’ll find. Zimmer has researched what appears all of the literature that exists on the topic and combines it all with fascinating results. I found myself not wanting my commute to end just so I could hear more. It did get a tad preachy near the end in regards to creationist, but I think this just underscores his passions for the subject and the mountain of evidence behind it. This is an excellent book that I will probably rent again in 6 months or so just to refill my head all the information.
Carl Zimmer's work appears regularly in "The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Discover, Natural History, " and "Science." A John S. Guggenheim Fellow, he has also received the Pan-American Health Organization Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting and the American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Award. His previous books include "Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea; Parasite Rex;" and "At the Water's Edge." He lives in Guilford, Connecticut.