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.
"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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A Brilliant Modern Look at Evolutionary Biology
I will be listening to this more than once, as there is a lot of information in here.
Finally a description of evolutionary biology that take into account the last 20 years of advances in biological research.
An enjoyable voice for sure. However, the real benefit for me was being able to perform menial tasks while listening.
My reaction was largely relief that the field of evolutionary biology may be moving in a direction where it will finally incorporate recent advances in molecular biology.
As an audiobook the content may be a little difficult for those without a background in biology, however a lot of additional content is available on his website. If you are interested in evolutionary biology it is worth the effort of understanding the information in this book. I think far too many people learn about evolutionary biology from authors like Gould and Dawkins only because it is easy and not because it best represents our current understanding of biology.