Science & Education

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 711–714 | Cite as

Michael Ruse (Ed.) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013, 583 pp, price: £120.00, ISBN: 9780521195317
  • Kostas Kampourakis
Book Review

The year 2009 was a double Darwin anniversary that everyone in the world must have become aware of. Being interested in the subject, I purchased every new, or revised, edition of any book on Darwin and evolution. Some examples that immediately come to mind are Charles Darwin: On The Origin of Species (Endersby 2009), The Cambridge Companion to the “Origin of Species.” (Ruse and Richards 2009), Evolution: The First Four Billion Years (Ruse and Travis 2009), Monad to Man: The Concept of Progress in Evolutionary Biology (Ruse 2009), The Cambridge Companion to Darwin (Hodge and Radick 2009) or Evolution: The History of an Idea (Bowler 2009). And there was more of course. Not surprisingly, Michael Ruse was the editor and author of many of these books. Ruse is a prolific writer who has written more single authored books than most scholars in this field, and so his enormous productivity during the Darwin anniversary was something to anticipate. With all these books, though, would it be an...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biology Section and IUFEUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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