Discovery of Evolution

ISBN-10: 0521687462
ISBN-13: 9780521687461
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
Authors: David Young
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

The Discovery of Evolution explains what the theory of evolution is all about by providing a historical narrative of discovery. Some of the major puzzles that confront anyone studying living things are discussed and it details how these were solved from an evolutionary perspective. Beginning with the emergence of the early naturalists in the seventeenth century, the scientific discoveries that led up to and then flowed from Darwin and Wallace's theory of evolution by natural selection are then discussed, and finally the modern evolutionary studies at the close of the twentieth century are detailed. This new edition of The Discovery of Evolution is fully updated and contains a new chapter on the evolutionary studies of the twentieth century. By approaching the topic of evolution in this way, it is made accessible to the non-specialist and no previous study of biology is required in order to read and understand this book.

David Young is a respected writer, commentator, journalist, environmentalist, and historian. Working independently in the field of history and the environment he work explores the nature-culture relationship, including perspectives from indigenous nature and indigenous culture.

Introduction
Evolution - journey's guide
Puzzles for the naturalist
Matters of place and time
A natural history of creation
The species question
Life's genealogy and natural selection
A rich inheritance
Synthesis and species
The continuing journey
Evolution: truth, theory or myth?
Evolutionary reading
Evolutionary Who's Who
Bibliography
Illustration Sources
Index

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