Synopsis: A great introduction in the theory of evolution and the world of living things.
Review: Glen Murphy, author of ‘Why is sSnot Green?’, explores the world of living things in his new book ‘Evolution, Nature and Stuff’. He explores big topics in a humorous yet scientific manner, and his background as manager of the Explainer team at London’s Science Museum has obviously come in useful here. He uses questions (arising out of an imaginary dialogue with a young person) as a way of investigating complex issues such as genetics, evolution and the origin of living things such that young people can grasp them. Chapters include, What’s life all about?, Life on earth, The Kingdoms of life etc. There are plenty of illustrations (some serious, some humorous) to break up the text, and a few quizzes thrown in for good measure. Questions that are answered include, How did we develop from chemical soup? what is a selfish gene? and what are the kingdoms of life?
This is a very readable book on evolution suitable for anyone seven years or upwards, including adults! It has a good mix of science, astonishing facts and fascinating theories, and would make an excellent addition to a school or home library. There is plenty of food for thought here that children will enjoy reading, and possibly discussing with parents and teachers.