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Evolution The First Four Billion Years

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ISBN-10: 067403175X

ISBN-13: 9780674031753

Edition: 2009

Authors: Robert J. Richards, Joseph Travis, Edward O. Wilson, Collin Allen, Garland Allen

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Spanning evolutionary science from its inception to its latest findings, from discoveries and data to philosophy and history, this book is the most complete, authoritative, and inviting one-volume introduction to evolutionary biology available. Clear, informative, and comprehensive in scope, Evolution opens with a series of major essays dealing with the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology, with major empirical and theoretical questions in the science, from speciation to adaptation, from paleontology to evolutionary development (evo devo), and concluding with essays on the social and political significance of evolutionary biology today. A second encyclopedic section travels the spectrum of topics in evolution with concise, informative, and accessible entries on individuals from shy;Aristotle and Linneaus to Louis Leakey and Jean Lamarck; from T. H. Huxley and E. O. Wilson to Joseph Felsenstein and Motoo Kimura; and on subjects from altruism and amphibians to evolutionary psychology and Piltdown Man to the Scopes trial and social Darwinism. Readers will find the latest word on the history and philosophy of evolution, the nuances of the science itself, and the intricate interplay among evolutionary study, religion, philosophy, and shy;society. Appearing at the beginning of the Darwin Year of 2009-the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species-this volume is a fitting tribute to the science Darwin set in motion.
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.872
Language: English

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University. The author of many books, including The Philosophy of Biology and Taking Darwin Seriously, he is also the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy. He has appeared on "Quirks and Quarks" and the Discovery Channel.

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University. He is the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy, and has appeared on �eoeQuirks and Quarks�e and the Discovery Channel.Joseph Travis is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Biological Science at Florida State University.

He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor & Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy, Conservation International & the American Museum of Natural History. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Garland Allen is Professor Biology, Washington University in St. Louis .

Foreword
Introduction
The History of Evolutionary Thought
The Origin of Life
Paleontology and the History of Life
Adaptation
Molecular Evolution
Evolution of the Genome
The Pattern and Process of Speciation
Evolution and Development
Social Behavior and Sociobiology
Human Evolution
Evolutionary Biology of Disease
Beyond the Darwinian Paradigm: Understanding Biological Forms
Philosophy of Evolutionary Thought
Evolution and Society
American Antievolutionism: Retrospect and Prospect
Alphabetical Guide
Contributors
Index