Evolution

  • by James A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by Ira Rosenberg
  • 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

James A. Shapiro's Evolution: A View from the 21st Century proposes an important new paradigm for understanding biological evolution. Shapiro demonstrates why traditional views of evolution are inadequate to explain the latest evidence, and presents a compelling alternative. His information and systems-based approach integrates advances in symbiogenesis, epigenetics, and mobile genetic elements, and points toward an emerging synthesis of physical, information, and biological sciences.

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What the Critics Say

"Shapiro has written a stimulating, innovative manuscript that surely Darwin would have liked." (Sidney Altman, Yale University; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1989)
"Based on a long and highly competent personal experience in science and his novel insights into biological functions, the author has reached views of biological evolution that can reveal to a wide, interested readership how the living world co-evolves with the environment through its intrinsic powers." (Werner Arber, Professor Emeritus, University of Basel, Switzerland; Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine, 1978)

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Certainly not for the beginner

I consider myself well above average in my knowledge and understanding of evolution (for example, most people don't know the difference between lamarckian and darwinian evolution), and I have read several books on the subject, from "Dummies" to Dawkins and Shermer to Scott. I have even got myself a copy of the textbook "Evolution" by Douglas Futuyma. Unfortunately, this book hit me like a brick. I don't have a background in molecular biology, so I spent a lot of time on Wikipedia looking up terms that the author expects you to know beforehand. If I had this book as a PDF, it would have been easier to cut-n-paste the unfamiliar terms into Google. They way it is, with stopping the playback, trying to figure out the word, looking it up, then restarting the playback only to stop a few minutes later, I was extremely annoyed. Further, there are many references to material that is online, but I found nothing on the audible site and had to go look for it myself.

Whether this book is technically useful is very difficult for me to say, because I was so overwhelmed by the material that I can neither say it is scientifically accurate nor that the conclusions are correct. I have over a dozen audible book and this was the first one I regret having bought. It would be nice if I could get my money back or at least exchange it for a different one.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios