Top 2016 Philosophy of Science Books

These are my top twenty five philosophy of science books published in 2016. As usual with philosophy, I don’t recommend based on agreement, but on interest. Topics include causal inference, representation and visualisation, the limits of science, and many biology-specific philosophical issues. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any …

Major Transitions in Evolution

In 1995, a highly-influential Nature paper was published: The Major Evolutionary Transitions, by Eörs Szathmáry and John Maynard-Smith, who then expanded it to an excellent book. They identified events in which the nature of evolution itself changed. Evolution can be simplified as a combination of mutation, selection, and drift. This …

Interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinarity is one of the huge buzzwords of 21st century science but unlike most fads, this one actually serves something useful. Many of the active fields of science today have grown beyond any single discipline. Evolutionary biologists can’t be just biologists anymore, they need the working knowledge of low-level mathematicians. …