The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today
This book is a success story. It explains two long-running puzzles of the theory of natural selection. How can natural selection favour those, like the ant, that renounce tooth and claw in favour of the public-spirited ways of the commune? How can it explain the peacock's tail, flamboyant and a burden to its bearer; surely selection would act against useless ornamentation? Helena Cronin's enthralling account blends history, science and philosophy in a gripping tale that is scholarly, entertaining and eminently readable. The hardback edition was selected by Nature as one of the best scientific books in 1992. Also the New York Times chose it as one of their best books of 1992. The author divides her time between the Philosophy Department at the London School of Economics and the Zoology Department at Oxford.
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Review: The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to TodayUser Review - Emily - Goodreads
So I have to admit I only read the first 2/3s of this book--the background and then the "peacock" part. I haven't returned it to the library yet because I hope to eventually read the "ant" part ... Read full review
Review: The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to TodayUser Review - Mike - Goodreads
Dr. Cronin is masterful in her overview of altruism, but somewhat long and dry on sexual selection . . . still,a compelling and powerful book overall that displays Cronin's vastness of knowledge in ... Read full review