the only thing that kept the book from receiving an "i LOVE it!" is that wilson oftentimes slips into personal description of his life and colleagues about whom he's writing. i wouldn't have minded an occasional parenthetical on his personal history, how he and his wife lived in this place and how the light reflected off the blades of grass on a hill, but the long-winded ruminations on these things subtracted from the excellence of the book.
overall, though, book rocks!: cool vignettes about bee, beetle, ape and human behaviors; well-structured survey of the major topics within evolution and its methodology; and a cogent application of evolutionary principles to multiple disciplines.
things i really liked: beetles (i forget the type) and explanation for infanticide, and the dancing of bees and the architecture of larger "societal" structures....Continua