What we do and do not know about evolution, by one of the field s pioneering thinkers.
Evolution is the most important idea in biology, with implications that go far beyond science. But despite more than a century's progress in understanding, there is still widespread confusion about what evolution is, how it works and why it is the only plausible mechanism that can account for the remarkable diversity of life on Earth. Now, for the first time in a book aimed at a general audience, one of the founding fathers of modern biology tells us what we know - and what we do not know - about evolution. In showing how evolution has gone from theory to fact, he explores various controversial fads and fallacies such as punctuated equilibrium, the selfish-gene theory and evolutionary psychology. He ends by looking at what we know about human evolution and how, in turn, this knowledge has affected the way in which we view ourselves and the world.
Ernst Mayr was born in Germany in 1904. He was one of the main architects of the modern synthesis of genetic and evolutionary theory and his career has spanned fields as diverse as ornithology, systematics, zoo-geography, evolutionary theory and the history and philosophy of science. He has written 13 books and published more than 700 scientific papers.