Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea

Written by: Carl Zimmer

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This remarkable book presents a rich and up–to–date view of evolution that explores the far–reaching implications of Darwin's theory and emphasizes the power, significance, and relevance of evolution to our lives today. After all, we ourselves are the product of evolution, and we can tackle many of our gravest challenges –– from lethal resurgence of antiobiotic–resistant diseases to the wave of extinctions that looms before us –– with a sound understanding of the science.
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Frederik V.
Brilliant non-technical summary of the history and modern advances in evolutionary science. I think the part about the formation of our planet and the Precambrian era with the first multicellular species was particularly intriguing.

I learned a great deal about the origin of mankind (I did not know for example that we were an entirely different branch of the hominids than the homo erectus). In the last chapter Zimmer does a great job revealing the hidden agenda of creationists in the USA and why Brilliant non-technical summary of the history and modern advances in evolutionary science. I think the part about the formation of our planet and the Precambrian era with the first multicellular species was particularly intriguing.

I learned a great deal about the origin of mankind (I did not know for example that we were an entirely different branch of the hominids than the homo erectus). In the last chapter Zimmer does a great job revealing the hidden agenda of creationists in the USA and why their vision of the world is not only wrong but also dangerous.

This is a great book. I really enjoyed it. Darwin really would have loved it!
Ad Samad
This is a good read for both, those who are new to evolutionary biology and also those who are familiar with the theory.

Evolution is not just a topic -but- the basis of modern biology and the basis of the pharmaceutical industry. We have reaped so much benefits from what this knowledge brought us, which is modern medicine. Yet, we know so little about the theory. I think that's hypocrite.

So, if you wanna start somewhere, if you wanna learn a thing or two about the theory -- this might just be th This is a good read for both, those who are new to evolutionary biology and also those who are familiar with the theory.

Evolution is not just a topic -but- the basis of modern biology and the basis of the pharmaceutical industry. We have reaped so much benefits from what this knowledge brought us, which is modern medicine. Yet, we know so little about the theory. I think that's hypocrite.

So, if you wanna start somewhere, if you wanna learn a thing or two about the theory -- this might just be the book.
Maxim
A bit repetitive and outdated, but still can serve as a good introduction into the topic for a college level reader.
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Jeffrey
As a biologist-by-training, I've always felt a bit half-baked having never read Origin of Species (I tried, but it's a pretty dull, outdated Victorian affair). So I thought maybe I would just read a contemporary, semi-popular treatment as a refresher. This one was cheap at Walden's, has pretty pictures, and does a serviceable job. The material on Darwin's life was unexpectedly entertaining, the rest was (reassuringly) mostly familiar territory. A nice primer.
Colin
This was not quite the book I expected. I was looking for a book to explain what evolution is, how it works, and describe the evidence for it. This appeared to be the best along those lines that my father owned, so I borrowed it from him. There was a little more history of the idea of evolution and Darwin's personal life than I anticipated. That was a nice way of bookending the overall story. And I did find all the discussion of the hows and whys of evolution that I was looking for.
John
Really enjoyed it - very clear and easy to read. Sort of a biography of evolution - it begins with a history of Darwin's development of the idea. From there, it goes on into broad explanations and examples. I didn't know about the mass extinctions, and I learned a lot about early hominid development (e.g., the current theories of why our brains got better and better).
Mark
A wonderful overview of evolution and current findings on how it continues to weave life as we know it. It also briefly touches on religion and rightly concludes that evolution and religion do not have to conflict. If you are looking for an introduction to evolution that is easily understood yet up-to-date, you would be hard pressed to find a better author than Carl Zimmer. Highly recommended.
Sam
Although this was a bit of a heavy read it was very informative and engrossing. Some of the issues discussed make you ashamed to be human (note the chapter on man-made mass extinctions) while others make you proud. A very very interesting book with lots of facts that make you really pay attention to life all the more
David
This is a very nice survey of modern research in evolution. It includes many full-color plates that by themselves are worth the purchase price. It was written to accompany the recent PBS series on evolution.
Michelle
This book is a must read. So many interesting aspects of the book, from the life of Darwin to the first mass extinction which was caused from man. This book will teach you about the history of the earth and how it was uncovered. I really enjoyed the chapter on sex, it has a high price!
jeff
great presentation of the story of the theory of evolution from darwin to present day. some technical info but easy for anyone to understand. thorough smackdown of the proponents of intelligent design.
Evan Macbeth
I got this as a book-on-CD and must have listened to it in the car three or four times. A wonderful overview of the history of the theory's development at the beginning as well as survey of evolution itself.
Tracy
VERY interesting and insightful! Sums up the main viewpoints of 'Origin of Species'. I def recommend reading this one of you are into biology and the origins of how life began!
Rachel
A wonderfully written book on a fascinating subject! One of the best in this genre!
Stacey
Covered much of the same ground as one of Richard Dawkins books, but even more gripping.
zltg
Zimmer is, unfortunately, an inferior writer when compared to Dawkins or Stephen Jay Gould, or even Darwin himself.
Heather
A nice introduction to evolution, with a lot more background on Darwin than most other books. Plus, it's fun to play "guess who the eyeballs belong to" with the cover.
Alex Sauerwein
Amazing! Zimmer really explores the concepts nicely. I read it for my biology course and I am keeping it for personal reading in the future.
Dincay Akcoren
Evrim hakkinda biraz bilginiz varsa okurken hic zorlanmayacaginiz bir kitap. Kitap roman gibi rahatlikla okunuyor. Evrim hakkindaki bilgisini derinlestirmek isteyen herkese tavsiye ederim.
Lorraine
An elegant account of everything that evolution touches, which is everything! Carl Zimmer is a star!
Marty O'Brien
If you want to read an accessible yet comprehensive book about evolution, then this is the book!
Micah
Very scientific book but not in language. Easy to understand the usually complicated theories. read this book and then tell me you are an Intelligent Design person please.
John
Tons of good information, well written, with lots of photographs. Skim through this book to see if biology in general is up your alley.

I love Zimmer's writing.
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