The author seamlessly weaves:
- 1. basic recountings of the SCIENCE undergirding evolution,
- the BIOGRAPHIES of the scientists making contributions to evolutionary science,
- and the social CONTROVERSIES generated by evolution in the society at large (as in the areas of teaching creationism in the schools and practicing eugenics to make “improved” humans).
The narrative thus flows holistically, giving the reader a vista from which to think about how people have reflected upon, as well as reacted to, the discovery that the earth is old and plants and animals—including the human animal—have changed, by natural selection, over time.
Given that 2009 marks Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, as well as the 150th year since his Origin of Species was first published, Larson’s book makes for timely reading.
The book can be found at Amazon here.