Evolution: Making Sense of Life

Evolution: Making Sense of Life

Carl Zimmer Douglas J. Emlen / Nov 13, 2019

Evolution Making Sense of Life Science writer Carl Zimmer and evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen have teamed up to write a textbook intended for biology majors that will inspire students while delivering a solid foundation in evo

  • Title: Evolution: Making Sense of Life
  • Author: Carl Zimmer Douglas J. Emlen
  • ISBN: 9781936221691
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • Science writer Carl Zimmer and evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen have teamed up to write a textbook intended for biology majors that will inspire students while delivering a solid foundation in evolutionary biology Zimmer brings the same story telling skills he displayed in The Tangled Bank, his 2009 non majors textbook that the Quarterly Review of Biology called specScience writer Carl Zimmer and evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen have teamed up to write a textbook intended for biology majors that will inspire students while delivering a solid foundation in evolutionary biology Zimmer brings the same story telling skills he displayed in The Tangled Bank, his 2009 non majors textbook that the Quarterly Review of Biology called spectacularly successful Emlen, an award winning evolutionary biologist at the University of Montana, has infused Evolution Making Sense of Life with the technical rigor and conceptual depth that today s biology majors require Students will learn the fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory, such as natural selection, genetic drift, phylogeny, and coevolution Evolution Making Sense of Life also drives home the relevance of evolution for disciplines ranging from conservation biology to medicine With riveting stories about evolutionary biologists at work everywhere from the Arctic to tropical rain forests to hospital wards, the book is a reading adventure designed to grab the imagination of the students, showing them exactly why it is that evolution makes such brilliant sense of life.

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      • Carl Zimmer Douglas J. Emlen

        Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times and the author of 13 books about science His latest book, She Has Her Mother s Laugh, will be published in May 2018 Zimmer is a frequent guest on Radiolab and has written hundreds of articles for magazines such as National Geographic, The Atlantic, and Wired He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named Visit him at carlzimmer, on Facebook at facebook carlzimmerauthor and on Twitter carlzimmer.


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    1. Read for USF's Organic Evolution lecture course.To begin with, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The language was clear and concise, making the subject matter considerably more palatable to read than similar texts have in the past. The accompanying images and graphs are good throughout, and helped me to build on my understanding of the material by offering numerous visual cues. That being said, the concision of the writing often reduced the subjects and terminology into ideas beyond full c [...]


    2. Used for UCLA's LS1 classZimmer dryly covers a lot of basic terminology in biology, which makes this a pretty average textbook. He includes a lot of specific anecdotes of animals to make his point and then adds a picture of the animal, which I thought was the best part of the book. The pictures are colorful and a warm welcome when faced with a page of dry text defining some obscure term in biology. Plus, whereas you'll never care (or, in my case, remember) what the Buri experiment is, at least y [...]


    3. I read this text for BWU's Bio310: Evolution and thoroughly enjoyed it. The text is easy to read and understand. The authors provide many examples and illustrations to tie concepts to real life. Likewise, the graphs and charts are accessible. I would precariously suggest that they improve one or two chapters that are heavier on math. Nevertheless, this text is perfect for students and enthusiasts who want to leant more about evolution.



    4. Great textbook on evolution, a pleasure to read and explains things well. Lots of great illustrations, figures and tables. The index could be better.


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