Why Evolution Is True: Book summary and reviews of Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne

Why Evolution Is True

By Jerry A. Coyne

Why Evolution Is True
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2009,
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For all the discussion in the media about creationism and 'Intelligent Design', virtually nothing has been said about the evidence in question - the evidence for evolution by natural selection. Yet, as this succinct and important book shows, that evidence is vast, varied, and magnificent, and drawn from many disparate fields of science. The very latest research is uncovering a stream of evidence revealing evolution in action - from the actual observation of a species splitting into two, to new fossil discoveries, to the deciphering of the evidence stored in our genome.

Why Evolution is True weaves together the many threads of modern work in genetics, palaeontology, geology, molecular biology, anatomy, and development to demonstrate the 'indelible stamp' of the processes first proposed by Darwin. It is a crisp, lucid, and accessible statement that will leave no one with an open mind in any doubt about the truth of evolution.

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"Starred Review. With great care, attention to the scientific evidence and a wonderfully accessible style, Coyne, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Chicago, presents an overwhelming case for evolution." - Publishers Weekly.

"Many recent writers ... have made wonderful contributions to the public understanding of evolution, but Coyne has done the best job of simply laying out the evidence." - Library Journal.

"Richly detailed evidence to counter the Intelligent Design argument." - Kirkus Reviews.

"For anyone who wishes a clear, well-written explanation of evolution by one of the foremost scientists working on the subject, Why Evolution is True should be your choice." - Edward O. Wilson, author of Consilience, On Human Nature, and Sociobiology.

"A stunning achievement. Coyne has produced a classic - whether you are an expert or novice in science, a friend or foe of evolutionary biology, reading Why Evolution is True is bound to be an enlightening experience." - Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish.

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Jerry A. Coyne is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, where he specializes in evolutionary genetics.

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