A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Science Book for Fall 2014

“For over 150 years, biologists have been focusing on how evolution works by filtering the many variations that exist within every population. But until recently we have been profoundly ignorant about how useful variations arise in the first place. Wagner’s engaging and delightful book will open your eyes to the mysteries of innovation. His insights will entertain and astonish you, and they will also change the way you think.”

Daniel E. Lieberman, Edwin M Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences, Harvard University, author of The Story of the Human Body


“Thank you for sending Andreas Wagner’s book to me. I am thrilled to have had the chance to read it. It contains brand new scientific insights told in sparkling literary prose. It is a landmark book that combines original, perhaps revolutionary, ideas elegantly explained. In particular, the concept of genotype networks — that there are thousands of ways to alter a metabolic pathway without stopping it working — promises to solve the enduring puzzle of how natural selection can be such a force for innovation.”

Matt Ridley


“A radical departure from the mainstream perspective on Darwinian evolution. Andreas Wagner cuts to the core of innovation in living systems. Fundamental. Entertaining. Brilliant.”

Dr. Rolf Dobelli, author of the bestseller  The Art of Thinking Clearly


Arrival of the Fittest reveals the astonishing hidden structure of evolution, long overlooked by biologists, which makes Darwin’s grand idea viable after all. At the same time, it makes life seem even richer and more remarkable than you thought. Darwin would surely have loved this book; I think you will too.”

Philip Ball, former editor at Nature and author of The Self-Made Tapestry