[Editor’s note: Due to rights restrictions David Quammen’s essay “Mr. Darwin’s Abominable Volume” is not available online. It is only available in the print issue.]
David Quammen is the author of seven books of science writing, including The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions (Scribner, 1996), Wild Thoughts from Wild Places (Scribner, 1999), The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder (Scribner, 2001), and Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind (Norton, 2003). He is also a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award, most recently for his National Geographic essay, “Was Darwin Wrong?” His new book, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution, is due out from Norton in 2006.