From Publishers Weekly
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“On this bicentenary of Darwin’s birth, Mark Sumner takes his readers on a fascinating journey through the developments that have led to our modern understanding of evolution. In the process, he reveals the profound ways in which this fundamental concept intersects so many seemingly unrelated strands of our culture, from
the origins of conflict between science and religion, to the seamy history behind eugenics, to the reason our grandparents enjoyed better-tasting bananas.”
—Professor Michael E. Mann, Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University
“Mark Sumner is the sort of gifted storyteller that the world of science so desperately needs. With The Evolution of Everything, he demonstrates his ability to find a good evolution story in just about everything. From Happy Day Headache Powders to the girl who originally sold seashells by the seashore, he masterfully connects the details of evolutionary science with just about everything we see in our daily lives.”
—Randy Olson, author, Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style, and writer/director, Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus