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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book for a non-scientist, January 19, 2008
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This review is from: Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Hardcover)
I didn't want to be able to pass a college course on paleontology, just pick up some interesting information, and this was a great book for me. I started browsing it because I liked the title, but the writing style really drew me in. Shubin is engaging, funny, and informative. He gives enough science background so you can understand the discussions, AND NO MORE. This book left me with a deep appreciation for the wonder of the modern human body. Great information for the casual reader!
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Initial post: Mar 21, 2008 5:24:54 PM PDT
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Gnossos - all of us are mundanely ignorant about most things. Let's give credit to people when they expand their horizons for the first time.

I'm about midway through the book and while I'm enjoying it, I just happen to have a level of interest regarding this topic where I want more. However I still view this book as very valuable, I'm inspired to recommend it to high school students who show a talent for science that science can be an exciting fulfilling career; I would never recommend this book to those students if it had the level of detail a serious student of this subject would desire, it'd be too off-putting.

Cathy - Cheers on treading into new territory; it's admirable when we get out of our ruts and go explore! I know I need to explore some new topics.
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