Short works

Books : reviews

Kim Sterelny.
Dawkins vs. Gould: survival of the fittest: new edn.
Icon Books. 2007

An international bestseller when originally published, this brand-new and completely revised edition updates the story of one at science’s most vigorous arguments.

Science has seen its fair share of punch-ups over the years, but one debate, in the field of biology, has become notorious for its intensity.

Over the last twenty years, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould and their supporters have been engaged in a savage battle over evolution, which continues to rage even after Gould’s death in 2002.

Kim Sterelny moves beyond caricature to expose the real differences between the conceptions of evolution of these two leading scientists. He shows that the conflict extends beyond evolution to their very beliefs in science itself; and, in Gould’s case, to domains in which science plays no role at all.

Expanded and updated to consider Stephen Jay Gould’s magnum opus, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, and Dawkins’ most recent science books.