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A Reason for Everything is about Britain and natural history, butterflies and snails, impassioned beliefs, and ideological struggles. A Reason for Everything begins with Alfred Russel Wallace, who discovered the idea of natural selection for himself in 1858, while his own life hung in a precarious, malarial balance – and closes with a portrait of Richard Dawkins, Britain's most prominent living advocate of natural selection. Charting the lives of some of the major thinkers in the years between, including Ronald Aylmer Fisher, J. B. S. Haldane, John Maynard Smith and Bill Hamilton, this is an elegant and sophisticated account of Darwinism's progression from the nineteenth-century to the present.
Marek Kohn is the author of The Race Gallery, A Reason for Everything, Dope Girls, Trust and Turned Out Nice. He lives in Sussex. 'Kohn is a wonderful writer', said A. C. Grayling, and Andrew Brown called him 'one of the best of our science writers'.
"A marvellous book."
– New Scientist
"A real triumph."
"Marek Kohn has written yet another brilliant book about great debates in science."
– Neal Ascherson, Observer
"A well-written and carefully researched account of some of the main British players in the world of evolution. Every evolutionist should read it."
– Steve Jones, Nature
"An educative and fascinating tale [...] Kohn is a wonderful writer."
– A. C. Grayling, Literary Review