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Endless Forms Most Beautiful

The New Science of Evo Devo

Sean B. Carroll


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (7/31/2009)
MP3 CD (8/11/2015)


“A beautiful and very important book.”—Lewis Wolpert, American Scientist

For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo—Evolutionary Developmental Biology—is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyone ever expected.

Praise For Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo

One of the essential books of our times…[explains] for a general audience how the shapes of organisms are produced by genes.
— Peter Forbes - The Guardian

[Carroll] reveals a remarkable series of insights into how evolution has shaped—and continues to shape—the wondrous assortment of creatures that share this planet with us. He emerges as the new, user-friendly public face of evolutionary science.
— Thomas Hayden - US News & World Report

Carroll is a gifted writer…In light of this new understanding (Evo Devo), the objections to evolutionary theory based on transitional gaps and irreducible complexity become more obtuse than ever.
— Library Journal

Combines clear writing with a deep knowledge.
— Publishers Weekly

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393327793, 368pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2006

About the Author

Sean B. Carroll is professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His first book, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Carroll’s seminal scientific work has been featured in Time and The New Yorker. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.