A Grand Old Synthesizer's Overview

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Science  04 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5552, pp. 50
DOI: 10.1126/science.1066540

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What Evolution Is. Ernst Mayr. Basic Books, New York, 2001. 336 pp. $26, C$39.50. ISBN 0-465-04425-5.

Written for a broad, popular audience, Mayr's overview of topics that have interested him during his long, productive, and very influential career provides a primer on evolution and a spirited defense of Darwinian explanations in biology.