Author of the wonderful bestseller Your Inner Fish, my colleague Neil Shubin has just come out with a new book: The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People (you can get it for $17.13 at Amazon). I’ve only leafed through the pages, since Neil gave me a prepublication copy two days ago, but it looks good, and I’ll certainly read it. Kirkus Reviews gave it a star for being of exceptional merit.
Universe resembles Inner Fish in discussing the evolutionary roots of Homo sapiens, but, unlike Neil’s previous book, it’s concerned with how the whole history of the cosmos, and of the Earth—rather than just our fishy ancestry—plays out in our bodies and behaviors. He thus discusses matters like plate tectonics and evolution, the influence of climate, our origins from stardust, and so on. The chapter on circadian rhythms, “About time,” looks particularly good.
Those who like good popular science writing, especially when it’s about evolution, will want to read this. And you might also want to watch Neil on the Colbert Report tomorrow (Jan. 9) on Comedy Central. We’ll see how Dr. Shubin stands up to the Buzzsaw of Science.