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Readable, accurate and fascinating
on 11 December 2013
As a subject for biography, W. D. Hamilton deserves much attention. A preeminent scientist in the increasingly popular subject of evolutionary biology, Bill Hamilton, despite some media popularity, could overall be described as the scientists scientist: sadly this can to some extent relegate this book to the shelf of the specialist. This is truly sad as the author has crafted a very readable tale, which whilst at times means that possibly somewhat speculative connections between early life events and later scientific realisation are crafted, nonetheless encourages the reader to stay with the story; it is in some senses a page turner, and as such stands at least a fighting chance of encouraging interest in science at a time when the UK has slowed in academic scientific achievement. As a nation we need more heroes of science such as Hamilton to act as role models for the young at a time when they can still be inspired. Perhaps the greatest sadness is that this could not have been penned as an autobiography, but I have a sense that if Hamilton were alive that book would never have been written. Taken with the major contribution of Hamilton himself, the author has given great service to those of us would dearly loved to have met the great yet modest man that was Bill Hamilton.