A Most Interesting Problem: What Darwin's Descent of Man Got Right and Wrong about Human Evolution

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6.1 X 9.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Jeremy DeSilva is associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College. He lives in Norwich, Vermont. Twitter @desilva_jerry


"DeSilva's volume provides a welcome opportunity to reflect on the history of evolutionary theory as a legacy complicated by Darwin's prescience as well as prejudice."---Erika Lorraine Milam, Science
"Together with ten colleagues, DeSilva courageously takes up this perennially red-hot founding text of his discipline."---Jessica Riskin, New York Review of Books
"A fascinating, comprehensive, and accessible collection of essays. . . . A Most Interesting Problem gives credit to Darwin where credit is due, but is unabashed in its systematic rejection of outdated science."---Lydia Pyne, JSTOR Daily
"In this 'tribute to how science operates, ' 10 contributors revisit Descent on the 150th anniversary of its publication in a 'quest for understanding the origin, biological variation, behavior, and evolution of humans.' . . . Each of the contributors adds something valuable to the conversation."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"This important new collection of commentaries on what is perhaps the most challenging of Darwin's books in our own time, takes up the evidence for human evolution, our place in the family tree, the origins of civilization, of human races, and of sex differences in ways that are both meaningful as well as accessible to those both inside and outside of the scholarly world who are interested in reading and wrestling with this important and core work of Charles Darwin for themselves."---Johannes E. Riutta, The Well-Read Naturalist
"[A] unique presentation of the many scientific ideas and hypotheses of Darwin's "Descent of Man". [A Most Interesting Problem] is a very interesting book about how sometimes scientific beliefs that have existed for decades can easily be debunked using modern technology."---Molly Gabler-Smith, Integrative and Comparative Biology
"This is an especially important and timely project because Darwin's volume is chock-full of creative, thought-provoking arguments and speculations about human evolution that span an extremely wide range of subjects, and after 150 years, many of these are overdue for a fresh reconsideration."---Jason Winning, Quarterly Review of Biology
"This summary of Darwin's contributions to understanding human evolution should interest not only biologists and anthropologists but all concerned about the fate of the human species."---J. S. Schwartz, CHOICE
"A Most Interesting Problem is a fantastic run-down of today's understanding of human evolution and a great showcase of the scientific process."---Tibi Puiu, ZME Science
"Fascinating reading about the development of science, and the cultural blindspots than can misdirect even the most brilliant scientists."---Ian Angus, Climate & Capitalism