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Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

Jonathan Howard

February 2001

ISBN: 9780192854544

144 pages

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Very Short Introductions

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Darwin's theory that our ancestors were apes caused a furore in the scientific world and outside it when The Origin of Species was published in 1859. Arguments still rage about the implications of his evolutionary theory, and scepticism 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.

  • There is a huge interest in Dawin and evolution, and the developments of his ideas are still controversial
  • Darwin's theory of evolution revolutionized not only biology, but the world view of ordinary people, by undermining belief in God's creation

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Howard, Professor of Cell Genetics, Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany

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
    7:Perfection and progress
    8:Darwinism and ideology
    9:Darwin as a scientist: an evaluation
    Further Reading


Jonathan Howard has produced an intellectual tour de force, a classic in the genre of popular scientific exposition which will still be read in fifty years' time. - Times Literary Supplement

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