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Decent textbook, but geared toward beginners,
This review is from: The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution (Hardcover)
As far as textbooks go, The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution is a pretty good one. Visually, it has a lot of great charts, pictures, and cladograms. It is a fun textbook in that sense. The text is well written and accessible to a wide audience, which was Carl Zimmer's goal. If you know absolutely nothing about evolution, I would definitely recommend this as a start.
However, The Tangled Bank really is an introduction. This same accessibility also makes the text a bit too basic for more advanced readers. If you've read, say, Nick Lane's Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution or Why Evolution Is True, you might find The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution boring or repetitive. If you haven't, you've got a lot to look forward to with The Tangled Bank.
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Initial post: Nov 25, 2009 2:54:34 AM PST
I have read the books you have mentioned but I think Carl Zimmer books are very well written and illustrated so I do look forward to reading the same material over.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2009 6:03:32 AM PST
Certainly it's well-written, but it's just at a more basic level than I think some people might realize. I'd say it's almost at a high-school level of textbooks rather than graduate school. I just thought folks should know.
Posted on Nov 30, 2009 1:13:54 AM PST
2 cents says:
Geared toward beginners, like the title of the book kind of says. I might purchase it as I desire to have a much firmer grasp of the basics of this fascinating subject.
Posted on Dec 6, 2009 4:18:45 PM PST
Biology teacher says:
It's got a lot of up-to-date, new examples mixed in with the old, so it is worth a look. And quite well illustrated too. These are reasons that a more advanced reader on evolution might wish to look at it.
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