Category Archives: book reviews

Matthew reviews Mukherjee’s new book in Nature

Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, and subject to a bit of discussion on this site in the last week, has now published a new book: The Gene: An Intimate History, and our own Matthew Cobb has just reviewed in in Nature (free link).  The book is doing well on Amazon, […]

New York Times reviews Mukherjee’s new book on the gene

Jennifer Senior, a daily book reviewer for the New York Times, has appraised Siddhartha Mukherjee’s latest book The Gene: An Intimate History, in the New York Times. Since it’s in today’s paper, I suspect there will be another review next Sunday. This review is mixed, but you can see for yourself. I hope for two things: that the […]

Inference reviews Faith Versus Fact

It’s a long review on Inference by the well known book critic George Scialabba, it’s called  “Good for nothing,” and it’s generally positive. I’ll take what I can get, particularly in view of the rage of theists. Scialabba makes one point that I hadn’t taken up, or previously encountered: For all the vigor with which Coyne […]

My review of Matt Ridley’s new book, “The Evolution of Everything”

Matt Ridley is not only a businessman and a banker (or was—he headed Northern Rock before it went bust in 2007), but also a Viscount with huge landholdings, a member of the House of Lords and, to top it off, holder of a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Oxford (I believe he was Richard Dawkins’s […]

John Gray: an atheist-hating atheist

John Gray is an English writer, philosopher, and atheist—one of those atheists who really, really hates New Atheists, doesn’t think much of science, and positively loves religion. I’ve dissected his pieces before on this website (see this collection, for instance), and, truth be told, I can barely muster up the energy to discuss any more of his […]

Damon Linker reviews Hitchens’s new book of essays in the NYT

Damon Linker, author and senior correspondent at The Week, is also a Catholic, which, it would seem, makes him less than objective as a reviewer of Christopher Hitchens’s new book of essays, And Yet . . . . Linker has also criticized New Atheists on several occasions, chastising us for not being sufficiently lugubrious (you know the […]

Russell Blackford on science, religion, accommodationism, and Faith Versus Fact

Over at the “Cogito” (philosophy) section of The Conversation website, Brother Russell Blackford discusses (and dismisses) the compatibility of science and religion in a short essay called “Against accomodationism: How science undermines religion.” A substantial part of his piece is also a review of Faith Versus Fact, which I’m happy to see is positive. I won’t summarize Russell’s […]

Big fun: Paul Nelson reviews Faith Versus Fact

You can tell without reading the review of Faith Versus Fact by Paul Nelson—a young-earth creationist and a Fellow of the Discovery Institute—that he’s not gonna like it. His review in Biola Magazine (a publication of the evangelical Christian Biola University, euphemistically renamed from The Bible Institute of Los Angeles) is called “How to make evidence […]

Rosenhouse on Ruse on atheism

The amiable and temperate Jason Rosenhouse has cut way back on posting on his Evolutionblog, which is a great pity as he always had thoughtful and substantive things to say. Perhaps he’s tired or writing or is occupied with other things, and I can understand that; but I’d like to see him to post a bit more often than […]

The New York Times reviews books by Rabbi Sacks and Sam Harris/Maajid Nawaz

In the Sunday New York Times book-review section, Irshad Manji, writer, moderate Muslim—moderate enough to have received many death threats—and teacher at New York University, has reviewed the new book by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz (Islam and the Future of Tolerance), which I’ve read, as well as Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religous Violence, a new […]

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