Descent of Man The Concise Edition

ISBN-10: 0452288886
ISBN-13: 9780452288881
Edition: 2007
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Description: The most accessible edition ever published of Darwins incendiary classic, edited by as fine a science essayist as we have (New York Times) The Descent of Man, Darwins second landmark work on evolutionary theory (following The Origin of the  More...

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The most accessible edition ever published of Darwins incendiary classic, edited by as fine a science essayist as we have (New York Times) The Descent of Man, Darwins second landmark work on evolutionary theory (following The Origin of the Species), marked a turning point in the history of science with its modern vision of human nature as the product of evolution. Darwin argued that the noblest features of humans, such as language and morality, were the result of the same natural processes that produced iris petals and scorpion tails. To convey the revolutionary importance of this groundbreaking book, renowned evolutionary science writer Carl Zimmer edited this special abridged editionmade up of nine excerpts, each one representing one of Darwins major themesand wrote illuminating introductions to each section, as well as an overall introduction. Zimmer brilliantly places Darwins basic ideas in the context of the current understanding of human nature and twenty-first-century DNA research. By accessibly presenting Darwins thinking to a modern readership, Zimmer eloquently demonstrates Darwins ever-increasing relevance and amazing scientific insight.

Charles Robert Darwin, born in 1809, was an English naturalist who founded the theory of Darwinism, the belief in evolution as determined by natural selection. Although Darwin studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and then studied at Cambridge University to become a minister, he had been interested in natural history all his life. His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was a noted English poet, physician, and botanist who was interested in evolutionary development. Darwin's works have had an incalculable effect on all aspects of the modern thought. Darwin's most famous and influential work, On the Origin of Species, provoked immediate controversy. Darwin's other books include Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. Charles Darwin died in 1882.

Carl Zimmer writes the monthly essay in the US magazine Natural History, having inherited this position from Stephen Jay Gould.

CARL ZIMMERis the award-winning author of Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins, Soul Made Flesh(a New York TimesNotable Book, 2004), and several other books about evolution and science. He writes regularly for the New York Times, National Geographic, Science, Newsweek, and Discover, where he is a contributing editor. In 2002 he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.

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