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Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life Hardcover – November 17, 2005
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However, despite these strengths, this book will be best read by those who already have a clear grasp of the basic features of evolutionary theory. As many others have said, there is no better source for such an introduction than "On the Origin of Species" itself.
The problem with the book is that Eldredge intrudes on numerous occasions in order to bring up the theory of "punctuated equilibria" whch he, together with the late Stephen Jay Gould, developed. While certainly Eldredge has the perfect right to describe his theory in a book describing his own thoughts, it isn't on topic in a book about Darwin's thoughts. It is also somewhat misleading to the general public (the primary audience for this book) because while Darwin's idea of natural selection is almost universally accepted by biologists, the acceptance of "puncuated equilibria" is decidely a minority position.
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This is not a biography of Darwin, although it does contain many biographical details. It is, rather, a close examination of Darwin's notebooks, manuscripts, and published work to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Fezziwig
"Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life" (2005) does a good job of presenting an account of Charles Darwin's life that is grounded in the primary sources left by Darwin himself. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Sam Gould
Niles Eldredge is an excellent writer on evolutionary theory and he was certainly a good choice to write the companion volume for the American Museum of Natural History's 200th... Read morePublished on September 15, 2007 by David B Richman
Eldredge is the curator of the exhibit currently at the American Museum of Natural History focusing on Darwin. Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by Kevin W. Parker
I found this book to be both highly informative as well as beautifully produced. The author, a distingished paleontologist currently at New York's American Museum of Natural... Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by Ronald H. Clark
In some places, challenging Darwin is a cottage industry. In the US, it's almost a multi-national in size and scope. Read morePublished on March 21, 2006 by Stephen A. Haines