Written in Stone


Brian Switek


Popular science, evolution, paleontology

Own and read. Published in 2010.

Sort of a Greatest Show on Earth focussing solely on the fossil record. The author was interviewed on the Guardian Science Weekly podcast and it sounded good.

First read (March 2012)Edit

12 04 02 Written in Stone

A few days after finishing, April 2nd 2012.


Kindle edition, from a book with 262 pages[1].


Bought it for Kindle in the Amazon sale (99p) on the 1st of January 2012, using the voucher Darren and Sandra got for me for Christmas, having recognised it from this wiki.

Started reading it on the 19th of March 2012, after giving up on Supersense. Enjoyed the beginning a lot, especially getting an idea about the context in which Darwin's ideas were developed, but the rest was a bit mundane. Still, it's an interesting subject and there was a lot of detail about the fossils showing evolution of birds, horses, whales, elephants and humans.

Started reading On the Origin of Species immediately afterwards, reckoning that it was a good time while I had the context embedded in my mind.



Reading recordEdit

Previous book: Bruce Hood, Supersense (first attempt)

Next book: Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

Ratings, awards, mentions and recommendationsEdit

Links and referencesEdit

  1. The index still refers to page numbers. Mark Twain is quoted on the last page and is in the index as being on page 271, and page 9 is the first.

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