Chapter 1: The Virus and the Whale: How Scientists Study Evolution Chapter 2: Biology: From Natural Philosophy to Darwin Chapter 3: What the Rocks Say: How Geology and Paleontology Reveal the History of Life Chapter 4: The Tree of Life: How Biologists Use Phylogeny to Reconstruct the Deep Past Chapter 5: Raw Material: Heritable Variation among Individuals Chapter 6: The Ways of Change: Drift, and Selection Chapter 7: Beyond Alleles: Quantitative Genetics and the Evolution of Phenotypes Chapter 8: Natural Selection: Empirical Studies in the Wild Chapter 9: The History in Our Genes Chapter 10: Adaptation: From Genes to Traits Chapter 11: Sex: Causes and Consequences Chapter 12: After Conception: The Evolution of Parental Care and Life Histories Chapter 13: The Origin of Species Chapter 14: Macroevolution: The Long Run (With Kevin Padian, University of California, Berkeley) Chapter 15: Intimate Partnership: How Species Adapt to Each Other Chapter 16: Minds and Microbes: The Evolution of Behavior Chapter 17: Human Evolution: A New Kind of Ape Chapter 18: Evolutionary Medicine
The New York Times Book Review calls Carl Zimmer "as fine a science essayist as we have." Zimmer is the author of ten books, including Parasite Rex, which the Los Angeles Times called "a book capable of changing how we see the world," and Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, which Scientific American described as "as fine a book as one will find on the subject." His 2009 textbook The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution, was named by Choice as an outstanding academic title of the year. Edward O. Wilson praised the book, saying, "The Tangled Bank is the best written and best illustrated introduction to evolution of the Darwin centennial decade, and also the most conversant with ongoing research. It is excellent for students, the general public, and even other biologists." In addition to books, Zimmer also writes articles for the New York Times and magazines such as National Geographic, Scientific American, and Discover, where he is a contributing editor. His journalism has earned him numerous awards; he has won the National Academies Science Communication Award, and he is a two-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award. He lectures regularly at universities and museums and is a frequent guest on radio programs such as This American Life, and RadioLab. Douglas J. Emlen is a professor at the University of Montana, where he conducts research on the evolution of animal development. After earning his Ph.D. at Princeton, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University before coming to Montana. Emlen's research has earned him the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, multiple research awards from the National Science Foundation, including their five-year CAREER award, and a Young Investigator Prize by the American Society of Naturalists. Emlen's research has been featured in outlets including The New York Times and National Public Radio's Fresh Air. His book, Animal Weapons: The Stories Behind Nature's Most Extravagant Structures, will be published by Henry Holt in 2013.
"Exciting is a word not often used to describe a new textbook. But by using powerful examples, beautiful images, and finely wrought prose, Zimmer and Emlen have produced a book that not only conveys the explanatory power of evolution, but is also permeated with the joy of doing science. Their text can only be described as an exciting moment for our field: it is an important accomplishment for our students and for evolutionary biology at large." Neil Shubin, University of Chicago "If there was ever a book that makes it obvious why evolution is a fascinating topic - and a topic that goes to the core of understanding what biology is about - this is it. It truly makes you better understand and appreciate the biological world around us." Svante Paabo, Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology "A richly illustrated and very clearly written text, Evolution: Making Sense of Life brings forth the excitement, power, and importance of modern evolutionary biology in an accessible, yet sophisticated overview of the field." Sean B. Carroll, University of Wisconsin, Madison "Two master craftsmen in the art of scientific communication have combined to produce an excellent basic text on Evolution: it informs, explains, teaches, and inspires. The illustrations are outstanding." Peter R. Grant, Princeton University "Carl Zimmer and Douglas Emlen have captured in this stunning new book the excitement and richness of twenty-first-century evolutionary biology. They describe clearly and elegantly not only what, but also how, we are learning about evolutionary processes and the patterns they produce. The writing is compelling, the illustrations beautiful and truly informative, and the balance between breadth and depth of discussion on each topic just right. This is a book that would make anyone think about becoming an evolutionary biologist, today." John N. Thompson, University of California, Santa Cruz