Indiana University Press, Octavo, dustwrapper, colour and black and white photographs.
Raff tells how and why he became an evolutionary biologist and describes some of the vibrant and living science of evolution. He looks at Evolution as a whole, its history, how it is studied and what it means. Raff reaches out to the scientifically suspicious, using his life story and his growth as a scientist to illustrate why science matters, especially at a time when many Americans are hostile to scientific ways of thinking. Noting that science has too often been the object of controversy in American school curriculum and debates on public policy issues ranging from energy and conservation to stem-cell research and climate change, Raff argues that when the public is confused or ill-informed, these issues tend to be decided on religious, economic, and political grounds that disregard the realities of the natural world.