This is a very interesting book. What are your thoughts?
My study of books like these builds on a recognition that they belong to a special genre of scientific writing and should be understood and evaluated according to standards that are appropriate to that genre. We can call these texts interdisciplinary inspirational works of science, because
books of this kind attempt to stimulate the growth of community between different scientific disciplines.
A text in the interdisciplinary inspirational genre is like a catalyst— it addresses separate disciplines that are relatively inert and facilitates a reaction between them. Its main function is to encourage change, to motivate action in others. Like a catalyst, this type of text might seem at first glance to be a relatively minor part of science, but it can have a surprisingly large effect. When such a book succeeds, it produces a new area of research that otherwise would not have been formed or would have taken much longer to develop. The books by Dobzhansky and Schro¨dinger were designed to be incredibly effective catalysts, whereas the book by Wilson was written in a manner that undercuts its catalytic function.
This seems to describe well the genre of the GAE.
I hope I am a Dobzhansky, not a Wilson!