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Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne
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A nice, solid, thorough case for Darwinism, this book makes a fine companion to Richard Dawkins's The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (see my review thereof). Where Dawkins lays out the arguments for evolution, Coyne marshals the evidence, and the result is a convincing brief for natural selection. There's some overlap with the two books--giraffe nerves and E. coli make appearances in both, for example--but Dawkins favors the long, detailed argument while Coyne tends toward the example-laden (and rather less polemical) overview, and they bookend each other nicely. Like Dawkins, Coyne draws on evidence from geology, genetics, physics, microbiology, biochemistry, embryology, and more. Dawkins does too, but Coyne goes for breadth when Dawkins goes for depth, with equally satisfying results. The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that it's a pity that it needs to be written; if high school biology courses were doing their work, we wouldn't have 40% of Americans thinking that Fred Flintstone munching on triceratops burgers constitutes a refutation of Charles Darwin. Ah, well, what do you expect from a country where "scientific literacy" means being able to read the decals on a NASCAR racer?
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