Saturday, May 2, 2015
Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond
I enjoyed this book. It's not just about evolution, it’s about how the theory of evolution was developed and the battle between continual modification and punctuated equilibria. The book also discusses the interplay between evolutionary biologists, paleontologists and molecular biologists. Author Niles Eldredge included his personal journey in the book as well, particularly when he figuratively and literally followed in Darwin’s footsteps. I recommend this book for anyone interested in evolution. It makes an interesting counterpoint to Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene. Eternal Ephemera is more technical, but covers more ground, than Darwin’s Ghosts by Rebecca Stott, although I will say that Stott’s book was more fun to read.