The Darwin Wars: How Stupid Genes Became Selfish Gods by Andrew Brown

The theory of evolution has been one of the most hugely influential intellectual developments of our times, presenting a view of life on earth which extends far beyond the biological to encompass philosophy, morality and religion. And in recent years, it has become a battleground for opposing theories and theorists, dividing most broadly into into those who mass behind Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchtower, and those who take the part of palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould.

In The Darwin Wars, Andrew Brown likens the argument that is now raging to a holy war, dissecting with great clarity what each camp believes and why they are engaged in such a fierce, and at times bitter, dispute. Highly informative and extremely well written, this is a book for anyone who wants to be brought up-to-date on current scientific thinking and the proliferation of neo-Darwinist theories.

256 pages; 215 x 137 mm

$38 including postage in New Zealand