This was really fun. If you like The Science of Star Trek, or The Physics of Superheroes, then you'll like this.
I found the first 1/4 a little slow sThis was really fun. If you like The Science of Star Trek, or The Physics of Superheroes, then you'll like this.
I found the first 1/4 a little slow starting, and not much different from The Science of Star Trek, but after that it really got rolling and I had so much fun.
One nit picky comment would be that Mr. Kaku is always using the word "theory" when in some cases I think he should be using the word "hypothesis". The only reason I mention this is for a layman this mistake might be understandable, but I think he could do better. I mention this because since the word "theory" is so often use in the common vernacular to mean "hypothesis", we end up with groups in society which don't recognize the power of the word "theory" when used in its scientific sense. In example, when someone says evolution is "just a theory", they don't realize that this is not some simple common conjecture, and in fact this can be called a theory because its been proven out time and time again.
Again, a minor nit pick, and one I might let another author get away with, but in a book for a mass market audience this could go a long way to help with the general education of its readership.
Fantastic book on the details of what we know about Evolution and Natural Selection, besides specifically answering all the arguments against these twFantastic book on the details of what we know about Evolution and Natural Selection, besides specifically answering all the arguments against these two concepts. But again this book is much more an just rebuttals to arguments -- it is an all encompassing primer.
Before picking the book up I thought I knew enough about this topic, and only hesitantly started reading after it was recommended to me. But I was surprised how enthralling the material is, how much more there is to know, and just what a great job it does detailing all the important evolutionary information everyone should/needs to know.
The book greatly helped my understanding of the genetic evidence for our evolutionary history. I had previously learned a bit about this topic from the Evolution 101 podcast (a great podcast), but the book did a much better job making this genetic proof clearer for me. (The genetic evidence is so strong that no fossil proof is needed to show evolution of species has/is occurring -- so the fossil evidence we do have is just "icing on the cake").
Also, the section on Richard Lenski's research into E. coli evolution was so very exciting and fascinating. It really makes you appreciate how hard-work and creative genius can lead to amazing scientific discoveries. In fact, if you read only the Richard Lenski section, I'm sure you'd be glad you got the book (although it might be hard to resist reading more once you finish this part).
As you can see, I enjoyed this book immensely; and it's so important everyone has at least a basic understanding of these topics. So try to find sometime to read it or listen to it in the future. ...more
Simply fantastic. Instead of me writing a review myself, I just suggestion you read Ryan Haupt's great review over at iFanboy if you wish to know moreSimply fantastic. Instead of me writing a review myself, I just suggestion you read Ryan Haupt's great review over at iFanboy if you wish to know more.