Darwin's Ghost The Origin of Species Updated

ISBN-10: 0345422775
ISBN-13: 9780345422774
Edition: 2001 (Reprint)
Authors: Steve Jones
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species is probably the best-known, least-read book. One of the most important achievements of the past millennium, it did for biology what Galileo did for astronomy: made it into a single science rather than a collection of unrelated facts. Important though Origin remains, its examples and intricate Victorian prose are now a century and a half old. They are ripe for renewal and reaffirmation. Writing as "Darwin's ghost," eminent geneticist Steve Jones updates this seminal work—and restates evolution's case for the 21st century. Jones is a writer of engaging wit and dazzling erudition and has been called "the British Carl Sagan." Using modern examples—the AIDS virus, the puzzles of sexual selection, the physiology and psychology of pets, and the unparalleled genetic success of our own species—he shows the power and immediacy of Darwin's great argument and makes us appreciate how it makes life make sense. Eye-opening and entertaining, filled with astonishing facts, amusing anecdotes, and the very latest research, Darwin's Ghost is contemporary science writing at its very best.

Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College, London and has worked at universities in the USA, Australia and Africa. He gave the Reith Lectures in 1991 and presented a BBC TV series on human genetics and evolution in 1996. He is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph.

The Origin of Species: Facsimile Title Page and List of Contents
An Historical Sketch of the Progress of Opinion on the Origin of Species
Introduction
Variation Under Domestication
Variation Under Nature
Struggle for Existence
Natural Selection
Laws of Variation
Difficulties on Theory
Instinct
Hybridism
On the Imperfection of the Geological Record
On the Geological Succession of Organic Beings
Geographical Distribution
Geographical Distribution--continued
Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings; Morphology; Embryology; Rudimentary Organs
Interlude: Almost Like a Whale?
Recapitulation and Conclusion
Further Reading
Index

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