Evolution The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory E–pub New

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A sweeping history of the development of the theory and "personalities involved rom Cuvier and his outstanding cranium to cranky "involved Noni Speaks Up from Cuvier and his outstanding cranium to the cranky of James Watson One of myavorite anecdotes is of the eccentric English theologian and proponent of theistic evolution William Buckland of whom Larson writes Buckland was a thoroughly rational Christian When encountering an alleged miracle of martyr s blood perpetually wetting the loor of a Roman Catholic cathedral he tested the hypothesis by licking the spot with his tongue Bat urine the Anglican cleric pronouncedLarson presents a layman s introduction to the theory with just enough detail to reuire some effort but not enough to shoo away dilettantes like myself More recent developments in genetics and the modern synthesis get a bit technical but not excessively so The book does what all good history of science books do it inspires the reader to learn Many books have traced the development of evolutionary ideas rom the early stirrings in traced the development of evolutionary ideas An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) from the early stirrings in late eighteenth century through the triumphal breakthrough of Darwinism This book does that and so much It continues through the scientific skepticism generated by developments in genetics paleontology and statistics during theollowing century that led eventually to the mid twentieth century Neo Darwinian synthesis that established evolution at the center of all biology Alo What a antastic read Pick this up and be amazed Summary A history of the development of evolutionary theory including both the antecedents to Darwin and Russell and the extension of this theory the controversies both past and present that it provoked and the genetic discove I had irst heard of this book while reading another book How I Changed My Mind about Evolution This book dealt with the testimonies of Christian scientists and theologians who had come to accept evolution as a theory with great explanatory power in the area of the diversity of life all the while being demonstrably consistent with theologically orthdox inte. “I often said before starting that I had no doubt I should Wish Upon a Wedding freuently repent of the whole undertaking” So wrote Charles Darwin aboard The Beagle boundor the Galapagos Islands and what would arguably become the greatest and most controversial discovery in scientific history But the theory of evolution did not spring ull blown rom the head of Darwin Since the dawn of humanity priests philosophers and scientists have debated the origin and development of life on earth and with modern science that debate shifted into high gearIn this lively deeply erudite work Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin’s “dangerous idea” rom its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the brilliant breakthroughs of Darwin and Wallace to Watson and Crick’s stunning disco. Tious conflict with people who have a stake in it From social Darwinists eugenicists nazis and Richard Nixon: The Life fundamentalists many dangerousorces swirl around Evolution Also gives a history of the mainstream development of evolutionary theory in the sciences This books provides a nice overview of the history of biological science over the past 200 years with a I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! focus on genetic science as it transitionedrom philosophical speculation to evidence based science What I ound interesting and entertaining was how various opposing theories of the mechanisms of genetic inheritance were gradually synthesized over the decades Some of those who dedicated their lives to oppose other s theories never knew that beyond their lifetimes their theories were synthesized with their opponents Everyone eventually was right in some way and sometimes wrong in other ways The book is a bit outdated already due to rapid ongoing discoveries in this ield For example Puppet Master findings of recent genetic studies related to gene switches show that Darwin s basic ideas about genetic changes to DNA occurring during the lifetime of an organism were not completely wrong as they were thought to beor a long timeAs much as I enjoyed this book due to my limited brain capacity to remember details these days I Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners found theollowing eyewitness book to be in some ways a better summary that was easier to ollow and remember the key events Plus it has pictures I recommend the "eyewitness as a coles notes version of the subject This is a reasonably concise history of evolutionary "as a coles notes version of the subject This is a reasonably concise history of evolutionary that doesn t skimp on detail As a history of science or general audiences book goes it s good but not CHAOS MAKING A NEW SCIENCE great however it s valuable in demonstrating that evolution was not dogma in the biological sciences or uite some time And ar rom being a black mark against evolution this is rather evolution proving itself over and over again as and threads of natural science are woven together35 stars rounded up to 4 It s a good book or ast review of evolutio. Larson trains his spotlight on the lives and careers of the scientists explorers and eccentrics whose collaborations and *competitions have driven the theory of evolution orward Here are portraits of Cuvier Lamarck Darwin Wallace Haeckel * have driven the theory of evolution orward Here are portraits of Cuvier Lamarck Darwin Wallace Haeckel Huxley Mendel Morgan Fisher Dobzhansky Watson and Crick W D Hamilton E O Wilson and many others Celebrated as one of mankind’s crowning scientific achievements and reviled as a threat to our deepest values the theory of evolution has utterly transformed our view of life religion origins and the theory itself and remains controversial especially in the United States where 90% of adults do not subscribe to the Why Diets Make Us Fat full Darwinian vision Replete withresh material and new insights Evolution will educate and inform while taking readers on a ascinating journey of discovery From the Hardcover edition. Evolution The Remarkable History of a Scientific TheoryRpretations of the BibleAs one can ascertain rom the subtitle of the "Book It Is A History "it is a history with the origins and development of the theory of evolution It is precisely at this level that I would share my one potential criticism of the book What I mean is that the vast majority of the book deals with the one hundred year period between the year 1859 when Darwin s book On the Origin of Species was published and 1959 with scant references to people who espoused primitive theories of evolution prior to Darwin s book On top of this the modern era is really only addressed in the last two chapters with what seemed to me to be very little on the progress of the various mechanisms put Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, forth under the umbrella term of evolutionThat being said one of theirst things I enjoyed about the book continues rom this last point in the preceding paragraph As an Evangelical Christian I have spent much of my time being inundated with Creationist definitions of evolution After reading this book one of the big points that has been driven home to me is that there is no one single consensus on how evolution works There Is Amongst Scientists is amongst scientists Christian or secular a consensus as to the reality of evolutions existence in nature yet the actual mechanics which drive it are debated to this day So what I have been exposed to is the reality that the one definition of evolution I have spent much of my life being indoctrinated with is truly closer to a straw man than reality in its essen A must read or anybody that will be studying evolution And worth reading over again A history of the development and reactions to evolutionary theory rom the 18th century to modern synthesis and American culture wars over the subject Straight orward history on a topic that has generated a lot of cultural conflict in forward history on a topic that has generated a lot of cultural conflict in west especially very much in religion and politics it is one of those scientific ideas that can t be let alone by the culture because it speaks to our origins and nature Of course it is going to generate conten. Very of the DNA double helix and to the triumphant neo Darwinian synthesis and rising sociobiology todayAlong the way Larson expertly places the scientific upheaval of evolution in cultural perspective the social and philosophical earthuake that was the French Revolution; the development in England of a laissez aire capitalism in tune with a Darwinian ethos of “survival of the ittest”; the emergence of Social Darwinism and the dark science of eugenics against a backdrop of industrial revolution; the American Christian backlash against evolutionism that culminated in the amous Scopes trial; and on to today’s world where religious undamentalists litigate or the right to teach “creation science” alongside evolution in US public schools even as the theory itself continues to evolve in new and surprising directionsThroughout. .