Stranger Fruit

Evolution and Math

The November 30th edition of the London Review of Books has a review by John Whitfield of Burt & Trivers’ Genes in Conflict: The Biology of Selfish Genetic Elements (which has been on my shelf unread for awhile now). Here’s a nice quote:

[R]eading [the book] did help me work out why evolutionary biology is so compelling. It’s because it is to biology what maths is to physics: a set of beautiful and powerful intellectual tools that unify and make sense of the facts, revealing both life’s strangeness and its logic.