Synopses & Reviews
In the 1950s, a British physician and amateur lepidopterist named H. B. D. Kettlewell went into the English woods to catch "evolution in action" among the now-famous Peppered Moths. His work became "Darwin's missing evidence," an evolutionary experiment as influential as any in the last century. Compellingly told, reveals Kettlewell to be a deluded scientist, a man tyrannized by his mentor, the powerful E. B. Ford, an imperious, eccentric Oxford don, a Darwinian zealot determined to crush all enemies in his path. In a revelatory, controversial work that will be debated for years to come, Judith Hooper uncovers the intellectual rivalries, petty jealousies, and faulty science behind one of the most famous experiments--and myths--in the history of evolutionary biology. Finalist for the Book Prize.
Mutant moths and feuding scientists--this is the real story behind the most famous experiment in 20th-century evolutionary biology. A story of hubris and heartbreak, "Of Moths and Men" reveals as much about the internecine battles of science as it does about the mysteries of evolution.
"An engrossing narrative" () that does for evolutionary biology what did for DNA.
About the Author
Judith Hooper has written for The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Book Review, and many other publications; she is the author of The Three-Pound Universe. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.