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Steve Jones (1) (1944–)

Autor/a de Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated

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Steve Jones is the author of The Darwin Archipelago; Y: The Descent of Man; Darwin's Ghost; Almost Like a Whale: The Origin of Species; and The Serpents Promise. Jones is the winner of Royal Society Faraday Medal for the Public Understanding of Science. He lives in London.
Crèdit de la imatge: Welsh geneticist Steve Jones in April 2012. Red eyes effect removed. By Michal Maňas - Own work, CC BY 3.0,

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The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Col·laborador — 801 exemplars
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This was read a few years ago, but my notes say that I had four books by this author - the first I gave up about a third in, the second (this one, about the Y chromosome) I struggled through to the end, the third I read some bits and skimmed others, and the fourth even more so.

I don't know how he manages to make an interesting subject boring and in places obscure, so I still don't really understand the difference between genes, chromosomes and how e.g. mitocondrial DNA can cause developmental problems when it is meant to be separate from the other DNA and is forms each cell's energy factory. So I will have to stay mystified until I can find someone who explains it a lot better than this author!… (més)
kitsune_reader | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Nov 23, 2023 |
It will probably take a third reading but I am determined to understand this stuff! Where are my ASC science major friends when I need them?
Kim.Sasso | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Aug 27, 2023 |
Great fun and full of surprising details. Pop science at its best; Jones has expertise, wide range and a sense of humour. Feels like he wrote it over his spare weekends rather than in the study or laboratory, riffing off on any theme that takes his fancy as he flips through pages of the bible. Lack of footnotes or bibliography is disappointing.
vguy | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jan 4, 2021 |

An interesting book by geneticist Steve Jones. It's the fourth in a series about Darwin, reflecting his interests and updating them to the present day (which I think is about 2005); I haven't read the others, so I was missing some of the context. However, Darwin's thoughts on worms, barnacles, insects, insectivore plants, sexual selection and our facial expressions are interesting in themselves, and Jones' updating to current research is also pretty fascinating. I felt however that it lacked an overarching structure; the book is fairly granular, each chapter taking one (or more) of Darwin's publications on a particular subject, and linked to the others only in that Darwin cared about the topic. The title is provocative, making the point that the island that really mattered to Darwin was not one of the Galapagos archipelago but the one he was born, married and died on; but we don't get any corresponding exploration of Darwin's Englishness or Britishness. (I'd love to know where he stood on Irish issues, for instance.) It's also just a little out of date - Jones proclaims firmly that modern humans have no Neanderthal DNA, a view that was overturned in 2005. However, the writing is good and engaging, and I might look out for some of the earlier books in this series.… (més)
nwhyte | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Dec 5, 2020 |



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