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The Logic of Chance: The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution

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This the eBook version of the printed book.The Logic of Chance offers a reappraisal and a new synthesis of theories, concepts, and hypotheses on the key aspects of the evolution of life on earth in light of comparative genomics and systems biology. The author presents many specific examples from systems and comparative genomic analysis to begin to build a new, much more de ...more
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published September 2011 (first published June 16th 2011)
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Mike Blyth
In the preface to this book, the author writes that he set out with the desire to write a popular book along the lines of A Brief History of Time but on the subject of evolution. He soon recognized that the book "refused to be written that way" and became much more scientific and specialized. This is quite true. I am not a biologist but a physician, so I have had a fair number of biology courses, but much of this book was at about the limit of my ability to absorb, or even beyond. You probably w ...more
Dmitry Nikolaev
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the point of view of a person, who knows the theory of evolution only from popular books about the theory of evolution and a couple articles, this is the best possible way to write a popular book about the theory of evolution.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Fascinating, But Flawed, Argument Emphasizing Biological Evolution's Stochastic Nature

Having heard Eugene Koonin speak on the origins of eukaryotes at Rockefeller University back in May, 2008, I had high expectations for this book. In "The Logic of Chance: The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution", Koonin argues that biological evolution is a "stochastic process based on historical contingency, constrained by requirements for maintaining cell organization and modulated by adaptation." To a
Chris Branch
Dec 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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This is an impressively written book, and I found it quite interesting for the most part. Note that it's a lengthy volume - the hardcover is 528 pages - although the references and other material at the end take up about 20% of that. I actually read the Kindle version which I downloaded during a limited time free Amazon offer that I was alerted to by Jerry Coyne's blog (website).

A lot of the material is rather dense - you'd have to be a biologist to completely understand everything Koonin cover
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is a SOFTA* book on evolutionary biology. Professional and complete, it covers not only the most up-to-date aspects, but also has several good chapters detailing the history and development of evolutionary theory. However, be warned, there is no baby talk in this book. You will have to take on complex subjects (including some mathematics and analysis) and specialized terminology to get the most from this book. (I must admit I struggled at points. Good for the brain!)
I read the eBook version
Andrei Mossakovski
Очень сложная книга для небиологов, даже в обнимку с википедией было очень трудно читать. Но оч. интересная, попробую перечитать года через два.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The book fits uniquely into 2 categories: simultaneously professional and by and large accessible to general public. Unlike many similar popular scientific books, it doesn`t dumb down arguments for reader`s comprehension. Author`s level intelligence is evident in his wording, pleasure to see this clear intellectual style.
Fresh: mr. Koonin is one of the world`s leading biologists, so the info presented is accurate and up-to-date. It sums up, roughly, last 30 years of evolutionary biology. And it
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Completely changed the way I thought of evolution from a clean, neatly dividing tree into a confusing, seemingly random web of connections that unites everything on the planet. Great read, though can get a little confusing at points with some of the detail
Nov 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Couldn't finish it. Boring as hell.
Definitely more difficult to read than your standard popular science books on evolution. Nonetheless, it is well worth your time.
Nathan Shumate
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Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some of the bits are somewhat challenging but very interesting
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Exicting book. Explains new bioinformatic approach of the evolution.
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