Harvard University Press, February 2002. 144 pages, paperback, Octavo, illustrations, dustwrapper.
Lewontin the scientist and Lewontin the critic come together to provide a concise, accessible account of what his work has taught him about biology and its relevance to human affairs. In the process, he exposes some of the common and troubling misconceptions that misdirect and stall our understanding of biology and evolution. Here Lewontin shows that an organism is a unique consequence of both genes and environment, of both internal and external features. Rejecting the notion that genes determine the organism, which then adapts to the environment, he explains that organisms, influenced in their development by their circumstances, in turn create, modify, and choose the environment in which they live.