Science writer Carl Zimmer and evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen have produced a thoroughly revised brand new edition of their widely praised evolution etextbook. Emlen, an award-winning evolutionary biologist at the University of Montana, has infused Evolution: Making Sense of Life 2nd edition (PDF) with the technical rigor and conceptual depth that today’s biology majors require. Zimmer, an award-winning New York Times columnist, brings compelling storytelling to the ebook, bringing evolutionary research to life. College students will learn the fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory, such as natural selection, phylogeny, genetic drift, and coevolution. The ebook also drives home the relevance of evolution for disciplines ranging from medicine to conservation biology. With riveting stories about evolutionary biologists at work everywhere from the Arctic to tropical rainforests to hospital wards, the ebook is a reading adventure designed to grab the imagination of university and college students, showing them exactly why it is that evolution makes such brilliant sense of life.
“Zimmer is the master of taking current primary literature and making it come alive.” – Mathew J. Miller, Villanova University
“I think my college students will be genuinely more at ease with their reading assignments and more able to assimilate and retain information from this textbook. The authors use their expert narrative skills to focus on the big conceptual ideas, which is what matters most in my students’ long-term education.” – Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Stonehill College
“Exciting is a word not often used to describe a new textbook. But by using beautiful images, powerful examples, and finely wrought prose, Zimmer and Emlen have produced an ebook that not only conveys the explanatory power of evolution but is also permeated with the joy of doing science. Their textbook can only be described as an exciting moment for our field: it is an important accomplishment for our university students and for evolutionary biology at large.” – Neil Shubin, University of Chicago
NOTE: This is not an original PDF, but one that has been converted from an ePub, hence page numbers will not match the original book.