'… this volume contains a wealth of information about both Darwin and evolutionary thought. Editor Ruse is known in the field of science writing for his work on Darwinism, evolution, and religion … The volume features many full-color plates of images, such as political cartoons, botanical drawings, and Darwin's original sketches/notes. Not many similar books are available … This new encyclopedia mostly will appeal to historians of science and those with a particular interest in the life story and impact of Darwin, though it could also serve as a primer on the basics of natural selection for undergraduates … Recommended …'
K. M. Sheffield
'I read only a sample of essays, especially those on topics more unfamiliar to me, and found myself educated at almost every turn … [an] outstanding source book, which should be in every university library and on many an instructor’s or scholar’s bookshelf.'
Douglas J. Futuyma
Source: The Quarterly Review of Biology
'… important and ponderous …'
'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought can infect one with enthusiasm to learn about the era and the man; and when one will have finished reading the book one will have probably acquired the authors’ knowledge and thrill about one of the greatest ideas in Western civilization: evolution.'
Source: Science and Education
'… this will be a valuable compendium which will serve as a serious and comprehensive reference tool even in as crowded a field as that of Darwin studies.'
Source: Victorian Studies
'This monumental work - intended to be a definitive reference on the topic - includes 60 essays by leading scholars examining Darwin's life, labours, ideas (and contemporaries reactions to them), plus his influence on virtually all our cultural and scientific underpinnings.'
Source: Toronto Star