Dawkins vs Gould
Review of Dawkins vs Gould: Survival of the Fittest by Kim Sterelny
I had low expectations for this book because of its (typographically) cheesy cover design and clumsy typesetting. In the end it made me want to read his other books.
Sterelny uses the debate between Dawkins and Gould to walk through many important topics in evolutionary biology, mentioning lots of other scientists and philosophers on the way, and successfully switching between detailed examples and the big picture. His writing is so clear and concise that it somehow resonates with the in-your-face 12-point Times New Roman it’s set with. Even so, I would recommend it to those who have read Dawkins/Gould and are somewhat familiar with their ideas. The book ends with an amazing Suggested Reading section where Sterelny makes useful comments on every book he suggests.
In any case, Kim, if you’re reading this: change your publisher. Your book deserves better design.
And this is something I did (based on the original) reflecting where I stand on the debate:
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