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The Tangled Bank is "spectacularly successful"--Quarterly Review of Biology

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerMarch 31, 2011 3:28 AM

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delivers a rave for The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution. Daniel McShea of Duke University writes:

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The Quarterly Review of Biology

This is the first textbook I have seen by a professional science writer. If this is a sort of experiment in textbook publishing, it is a spectacularly successful one...The result is an introduction to the field that is not only accurate and up to date, but—of course—well written. How important is the prose in a textbook? For students, lively versus leaden, or clear versus cryptic, can be the difference between understanding and not, between being turned on to a field and being turned off. For what it is worth, I solicited help for this review from a biologically inclined high school student, who read a few chapters and reported it to be both clear and engaging....In summary, this is an excellent textbook, one that ought to be—and will be, I predict—widely adopted.

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