5.0 out of 5 stars
A superb follow-up to "Your Inner Fish", 18 July 2013
Neil Shubin brings the same charming, enthusiastic, engrossing approach to both YOUR INNER FISH and THE UNIVERSE WITHIN. He isn't a teacher, but I wish he was.
Would Shubin be allowed to teach in a school? I worry that he wouldn't. His theories can't even be called theories because they're too well explained to be considered anything other than fact. But would that hold weight in a school? Both books are anti-creationist, beautifully explaining and filling in the gaps in evolution.
Hopefully, I'm being too negative. It was a genuine thrill to see the development of humanity from amoeba to fish to mammal in YOUR INNER FISH. That thrill is replicated in THE UNIVERSE WITHIN though the idea of the moon being formed from a asteroid collision with Earth. And even more so with concrete ideas about the universe expanding from The Big Bang.
I learnt a lot from both YOUR INNER FISH and THE UNIVERSE WITHIN, and I think you will too. And what's even better is that you'll do it at breakneck pace and with the desire to keep turning the pages.
Neil Shubin is the best teacher you never had. And that's why he's a great writer.