The Loom

Book News, Part Two

evo%20cover.jpgFollowing up on my earlier post, I wanted to relay one more piece of book news. I’ve been getting some emails over the past couple months inquiring about my book, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea. I wrote it as a companion volume to the 2001 PBS television series, Evolution. Like the series, the book surveys the history and cutting edge of evolutionary biology, from the origin of new species to mass extinctions, from the rise of complex life to the emergence of humans. It also looks at ongoing evolutionary races, whether the competitors are hosts and parasites or members of the opposite sex. It puts evolution in a historical context, showing how Darwin’s theory emerged out of the science of his time and how social and political tensions have produced hostility to the notion of evolution today. (More details about the book can be found here.)

The book continued to sell long after the series aired, but recently some people emailed me to complain that they can’t find a new copy to buy. The original (heavily illustrated) version indeed went out of print a few months ago, partly due to the cost of all those pictures. But I’m happy to report that HarperCollins will be republishing Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea in fall 2006 with a new introduction in which I’ll discuss some of the new scientific and political developments that have occurred over the past four years. I’m glad my publisher has made this decision, because I think the book is more relevant than ever. Now I just have to find some time to write the introduction.

I’ll post more information next year when the book is available. In the meantime, back to the science…


  1. #1 Heathen Dan
    November 18, 2005

    Will you be posting the new introduction in this blog, so that those who bought the first ed of the book could also benefit? =)

  2. #2 Dave Ratna
    November 20, 2005

    I bought the book and I must say it’s an excellent overview of the theory of evolution, for interested nonbiologists. e.g. me.

    Unfortunately, I bought the paperback edition. That didn’t have any pictures! They should’ve warned.

    So looks like I’ll be buying the hardback when it comes out again 🙂

  3. #3 John Monfries
    November 21, 2005

    Carl, you may be pleased to know that the hardback illustrated edition is still on sale in Australia.

    I bought a copy a few weeks ago in Sydney, and am already reading it for the second time.

    Fascinating stuff, although an unavoidable problem with writing and publishing in this area (and in human evolution too) is that you can get out of date so quickly.

    Keep up the great work.

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