The book under review is a splendid and uniquely well-informed contribution to the debate about what is by all indices a theory in possibly terminal crisis.
It must be good if engineers want to copy it. Siphonophores are colonial animals that have mastered the sport of synchronized swimming.
An enterprising electrical engineer, Payton Pearson, thinks it can be done. There are reasons for doubt.
It looks a bit like a tadpole with body and tail, and this indeed points towards one of the great scientific controversies of the 20th century.
This refutes one of the favorite talking points of popularizers of Darwinism like Richard Dawkins.