Although I enjoyed and appreciated the excellent audio update on my less-than-thorough education in evolutionary theory, this book is one which I will purchase in hardback for my permanent home library! It is well-written, concise, elegant and easy for the non-scientist to understand. A beautiful piece of work, worthy of review again and again. Highly recommended.
This is an excellent book. The author does some of the typical creationist bashing, but mostly the book stays true to it's purpose, focusing on plainly and concisely laying out the evidence for evolution.
Jerry Coyne is a tremendous evolutionary scientist and truly a remarkable writer. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in science rather then dogma.
I enjoy listening to science non-fiction and have "read" several. I enjoyed this particularly because of the easy narration. The only down-side to some of the science non -fiction is inability to see the images from the book that are being referred to. I wish we could download those with the audio file to see on the ipod screen as it plays. That would be so great. On the text side, I have never doubted evolution and now have a deeper understanding of all the evidence in support. You would be bored if you are a scientist, but if you are a regular person interested in science more than the average person, you might like this too.
Book is well written and well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is some overlap with Dawkins but since I am fascinated by this topic and what the research has been uncovering, I can't get enough. Would certainly read more from this author.
I wanted to read about modern scientific approach regarding Darwin's theory. Author is just brilliant. My brain is totally convinced that evolution is true. My soul hates this fact!:).
The title should be "Why Evolution Is True, and why Intelligent Design is Creationism in Disguise"
I actually have no vested interest one way or the other Creation vs Evolution. But I have always been fascinated by the debate, its logic, what each camp assumes, what each camp ignores.
He spends far too much time ranting about how STUPID those creationist idiots are. His fawning over Darwin, and the reverence with which he utters the title of the book "Origin" might as well be referring to a prophet and a bible.
Although there are different ways to state it, most agree that there are three aspects that need to be proven separately: common descent, heritable variation that produces new forms, and natural selection. He does clearly lay out the argument and evidence for common descent and natural selection. But he is frustratingly silent about the main unproven part of Darwinian Evolution - can random variations produce novel forms.
Though I am sure he would disagree, I found several sections to be circular - "Since evolution is true it must have caused what we see in nature. We see these things in nature, therefore evolution is true."
This book lays out information in a sensible order. As one who has been in many debates regarding origins, I find the author`s approach to be sensible and easy to understand. It is not that evidence for evolution is scarce, it is a matter of understanding it where the challenge comes sometimes: this book makes it easy.
I highly recommend this book
This book has not gotten as much attention as some others, like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, but it's a sleeper. Whether you are new to the science of evolution or, like me, revisiting it, this is essential reading. Professor Coyne does a splendid job of making the information accessible without patronizing the reader. Honestly, I read this book at a time of great personal change and it had a profound effect on me. Anyone who was once religious may understand what I mean by that. This would be a great book to give to an evolution doubter. Only the willfully blind can come away from it not understanding why evolution is true.