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The topic and the contents of this book are very interesting, but it is rather heavy reading.
And like Darwin, the authors justify their theories with experimental results, particularly in the fields of genetics and embryology.
Although natural selection is well understood, variation as a component of evolutionary theory has been less well developed.
Very good information, making connections between micro and macro evolution. Although it may be helpful for it to have been written in more "plain" language. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Avery Beck
This is the book to read to hear a hypothesis to a central mystery of evolution - how can random mutations generate adequate and apparently cooperative variation to explain the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Keith Aspinall
This serious work by Kirschner and Gerhart (K&G) is notable as it is a de facto take-down by eminent biologists at the most prestigious academic institutions of Darwin's theory. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by Frenchy
This book is incredible. I have to admit that it's been eons since I actually did any real reading in the research that has been done in evolutionary biology. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Atheen
When Darwin proposed his theory of evolution based on variation and selection, he could explain selection but not variation. This was Darwin's dilemma. Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by Randolph Eck
The authors mentioned that archaea only exist in the harshest environments on earth. This is simply not true in the least bit. Read morePublished on September 29, 2009 by Justin
What makes life itself fit to survive? Marc W. Kirschner and John C. Gerhart organize what we know about genetic history and about the workings of organisms, to explain how the... Read morePublished on July 2, 2009 by Julie Lakehomer