Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Februar 2001



Darwin's theory that man's ancestors were apes caused an uproar within the scientific world, as well as public frenzy when The Origin of Species was published in 1859. Arguments still rage about the implications of his evolutionary theory, and skepticism about the value of Darwin's contribution to knowledge is widespread. In this analysis of Darwin's major insights and arguments, Jonathan Howard reasserts the importance of Darwin's work for the development of modern biology. He offers a stimulating view of the famous scientist in a concise, handy format, making it a masterpiece for all Darwinians as well as for all general readers of popular science.


List of Illustrations ;
1. Darwin's life ;
2. The foundations of Darwinism ;
3. Natural selection and the origin of species ;
4. The evidence for evolution by natural selection ;
5. Sex, variation, and heredity ;
6. Man ;
7. Perfection and progress ;
8. Darwinism and ideology ;
9. Darwin as a scientist: an evaluation ; Further Reading ; Index


Jonathan Howard was Head of the Department of Immunology at the Babraham Institute, near Cambridge, and is now Professor of Cell Genetics at the Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany. He is a fellow of the Royal Society.
EAN: 9780192854544
ISBN: 0192854542
Untertitel: 'Very Short Introductions'. halftones and drawings. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2001
Seitenanzahl: 144 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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