[LMB] The Red Queen
Tora K. Smulders-Srinivasan
tora.smulders at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 10:44:30 BST 2007
On 8/19/07, Lois McMaster Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
> My random read for the weekend was Matt Ridley's _The Red Queen: Sex
> and the Evolution of Human Nature_, bio-evolutionary stuff. Vastly
> entertaining -- far more of a page-turner than the last novel I read --
> but, I note, it dates from the early 90's,
> Any biologists or biology fans on the list read this one, and what
> did you think? Is there something newer/faster/better to be read?
Darn. I'm afraid I haven't actually read that one. Or any of Matt's.
I tend to read current research papers in my field rather than books.
Been changing that a bit lately, but not too much.
> Next up: _Sperm Wars_, by Robin Baker.
I started reading that a long time ago and really enjoyed it.
However, I can't vouch for the authenticity of the science -- at the
time it was written or now.
I did know a little bit of the field at the time, and though there was
some evidence for the sperm fighting, I don't think all the assertions
in the book are accepted fact as far as scientists were concerned.
But I'm not up on the field at all now. Sorry.
Darnit. I wish I could say more about either book. I should probably
read Matt's since you enjoyed it and since I know the guy, it's nice
to read something he's written. I can tell you a bit about him and
his family, but I suppose that's not of interest here .
 Matt's wife is co-head of my husband's and I guess, now, my
"department". She's really nice and she and their daughter came to
meet Sean soon after he was born. And we get invited to their "house"
(estate?) for departmental parties and things, fun!
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