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Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

Jonathan Howard

Publication Date - June 2001

ISBN: 9780192854544

144 pages
Paperback

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Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

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.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Features

  • Reasserts the importance of Darwin's work for the development of modern biology
  • Offers a stimulating view of the famous scientist in a concise, approachable format

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Howard is Professor of Cell Genetics at the University of Cologne.

Table of Contents

    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