BOOK: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

The winner of this year’s Royal Society Insight Investment science book prize, which is awarded annually to a work of science writing intended for a non-specialist audience, went to Andrea Wulf for her fantastic biography of Prussian naturalist and explorer Alexander … Continue reading

BOOK: How Evolution Shapes Our Lives: Essays on Biology and Society

A couple of years ago, Princeton University Press published the huge volume, The Princeton Guide to Evolution (out in paperback in February 2017), which provides a large overview of evolutionary biology, as a science and its relationship to human society … Continue reading

BOOK: The Voyage of the Beagle: The Illustrated Edition of Charles Darwin’s Travel Memoir and Field Journal

This is a nicely-produced, coffee table-style book: Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle: The Illustrated Edition of Charles Darwin’s Travel Memoir and Field Journal (Minneapolis: Zenith Press, 2015), 480 pp. Publisher’s description The Voyage of the Beagle is Darwin’s … Continue reading

BOOK: The Last Volcano: A Man, a Romance, and the Quest to Understand Nature’s Most Magnificent Fury

John Dvorak, The Last Volcano: A Man, a Romance, and the Quest to Understand Nature’s Most Magnificent Fury (New York: Pegasus Books, 2015), 356 pp. Publisher’s description Volcanoes have fascinated—and terrified—people for ages. They have destroyed cities and ended civilizations. John … Continue reading

BOOK: The Paradox of Evolution: The Strange Relationship Between Natural Selection and Reproduction

Stephen Rothman, The Paradox of Evolution: The Strange Relationship between Natural Selection and Reproduction (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2015), 248 pp. Publisher’s description In The Paradox of Evolution, physiologist Stephen Rothman exposes a major, though remarkably almost completely neglected problem … Continue reading