It Ain't Necessarily So is a collection of some of his more characteristic reviews from the 1980s and 1990s. The Mismeasure of Man, by Stephen Jay Gould; Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, by Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson; sociological studies of Sex in America; and Ruth Hubbard's books on gender in science: all his essays are informative yet lively, with a high acid content--as when he begins his piece on the Human Genome Project with a definition of "fetish."
Lewontin's prose is worth reading in itself, but what lifts this anthology to another level is that it also includes replies and rebuttals selected from the New York Review's letters column--a forum that doubles as the intellectual's World Wrestling Federation. For the older pieces, he also includes updates, "where are they now" summaries to give a sense of historical change in each field. Assertive, brilliant, sarcastic, dense, wide-ranging--Lewontin may be challenging, but he is never dull. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
It may be understandable that authors get at times carried away but they may want to remember that irrational generalizations belong in tabloids and should be banned from serious... Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Christina B.
First a word on the format of this book: This is a collection of Lewontin's articles written for The New York Review of Books of the last decade. Read morePublished on March 18 2001 by Bradley P. Rich
This book is a collection of nine essays from The New York Review of Books, beginning in 1981, mostly on genetics, the genome and the Darwinian pantheon. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2001 by Dennis Littrell
When I first opened this book, I was a little disappointed that it was a collection of book reviews, not a set of essays in their own right. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2000 by Adam Rutkowski
It seems that this <<dream>> called << Human Genome Project >> has come true Mr. Richard C. Lewontin !Published on July 6 2000 by "orizon"