Ian Tattersall is Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History. His books include Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins and The Rickety Cossack and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution.
 (August 2016)

IN THE REVIEW

At the Birth of Language

Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky

Why Only Us: Language and Evolution

by Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky’s long-standing engagement with American politics—recently described in these pages*—has tended to obscure his seminal work as a scholar. Yet for him, academe has been anything but a tranquil retreat from the hurly-burly of public life. His principal (but far from exclusive) field of linguistics was already a …