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5.0 out of 5 stars A readable and enjoyable introduction to evolution, 28 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Nature's Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D.Hamilton (Hardcover)
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Almost everybody has heard of the Selfish Gene via Richard Dawkins and perhaps rather fewer of the Red Queen via Matt Ridley but few may have heard of William Hamilton, the subject of this engrossing book, who was the originator of the Gene Centric view of evolution, and who was arguably the most important evolutionary theorist since Darwin. The book covers both the life and work of Hamilton and the account of his career and difficulty in getting published and the evolvment of his ideas is a work which can sit alongside Watson's "Double Helix" as an account of scientific creativity. It also gives an accessable introduction to his ideas such as kin selection {as opposed to Darwin's Species}, altruism and the evolution of sex (the Red Queen).

Hamilton was an unusual individual who said he did not understand,or like,other human beings but who persued his ideas obsessionally. Evolution is central to modern biology and anyone interested (which should be everybody) will find this book a readable and enjoyable introduction to its current state.
Rating 5 out of 5.
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