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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Good Book

This book is pretty good...from a scientific aspect of things most of the content of this book can be found in any introductory biology textbook...however the social issues that Ridley approaches in this book are interesting to think about and that makes most of this bo...
This book is pretty good...from a scientific aspect of things most of the content of this book can be found in any introductory biology textbook...however the social issues that Ridley approaches in this book are interesting to think about and that makes most of this book enjoyable.

posted by Anonymous on April 18, 2006

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Awful!

Ridley's book is a simplistic, overgeneralised approach to a topic about which there is already enough confusion. He makes assertions which are dubious at best, and often doesn't bother to provide adequate scientific proof of why a statement is the case. Also, the boo...
Ridley's book is a simplistic, overgeneralised approach to a topic about which there is already enough confusion. He makes assertions which are dubious at best, and often doesn't bother to provide adequate scientific proof of why a statement is the case. Also, the book is poorly written, with sentences that are frequently choppy and amateurish. I salute Ridley for his audacity in attempting to 'explain' an area which is still in the process of being understood by the most advanced scientists, but I sharply criticise his lack of substance. Although most readers wouldn't be able to understand the real technicalities of what occurs, he insults our intelligence by assuming that this then means that we do not require proof. Far better to pick up a copy of The Scientific American and get the current, partial, well-documented truth than a book full of half-understood, half-articulated conjecture.

posted by Anonymous on January 31, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    This book is interesting but BE WARNED - it is NOT a NEW book! I

    This book is interesting but BE WARNED - it is NOT a NEW book! I thought I was getting the latest and greatest on this subject when I saw it advertised as a NEW release. Not so - This book was written in 2000! It is still worth reading if you are interested in genetics and do not want a lot of technical detail.

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    Posted December 3, 2008

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