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The Discovery of Evolution

David M Young
The Discovery of Evolution

The Discovery of Evolution

David M Young

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David Young invites his readers on a journey of adventure and discovery; a journey for the mind, and an adventure in the realm of ideas. By retracing the steps of men who developed the theory of biological evolution, we see how scientists came to recognize the nature and importance of natural selection. The journey begins in the seventeenth century, when even the most accomplished naturalists knew next to nothing of biology as we understand it today. Steadily increasing knowledge and the quickening pace of research began to uncover much new evidence, and in the middle of the century Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace incorporated this evidence in a comprehensive theory of evolution. In the twentieth century biology has become steadily more specialized, so the book picks out some of the main developments that bring us to studies of evolution being carried out today.

- Publisher David Young invites his readers on a journey for the mind, and an adventure in the realm of ideas. In this book, we go back in time and retrace the steps of the men who developed the theory of biological evolution. We follow the thoughts of those who first made discoveries relevant to the theory and those who grappled with evolutionary ideas when they were new. This enables us to see what led scientists to grasp the nature and importance of natural selection and how these discoveries relate to modern understanding of the theory of evolution.

- Publisher 'Young's The Discovery of Evolution leads the reader into the deep history of evolutionary ideas, from the 17th century through Darwinism, tracking the contributions of geology, natural history, classification, and genetics along the way. It provides students with a rich background to appreciate contemporary biological ideas and disputes in an accessible and beautifully illustrated book.' Sandra D. Mitchell, Professor and Chair Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

- Publisher

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About "The Discovery of Evolution"

David Young invites his readers on a journey of adventure and discovery; a journey for the mind, and an adventure in the realm of ideas. By retracing the steps of men who developed the theory of biological evolution, we see how scientists came to recognize the nature and importance of natural selection. The journey begins in the seventeenth century, when even the most accomplished naturalists knew next to nothing of biology as we understand it today. Steadily increasing knowledge and the quickening pace of research began to uncover much new evidence, and in the middle of the century Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace incorporated this evidence in a comprehensive theory of evolution. In the twentieth century biology has become steadily more specialized, so the book picks out some of the main developments that bring us to studies of evolution being carried out today.
- Publisher

David Young invites his readers on a journey for the mind, and an adventure in the realm of ideas. In this book, we go back in time and retrace the steps of the men who developed the theory of biological evolution. We follow the thoughts of those who first made discoveries relevant to the theory and those who grappled with evolutionary ideas when they were new. This enables us to see what led scientists to grasp the nature and importance of natural selection and how these discoveries relate to modern understanding of the theory of evolution.
- Publisher

'Young's The Discovery of Evolution leads the reader into the deep history of evolutionary ideas, from the 17th century through Darwinism, tracking the contributions of geology, natural history, classification, and genetics along the way. It provides students with a rich background to appreciate contemporary biological ideas and disputes in an accessible and beautifully illustrated book.' Sandra D. Mitchell, Professor and Chair Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
- Publisher

Meet the Author

David M Young

David Young is Longman Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oberlin College.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Evolution - Journey's Guide
  • 2. Puzzles For The Naturalist
  • 3. Matters Of Place And Time
  • 4. A Natural History Of Creation
  • 5. The Species Question
  • 6. Life's Genealogy And Natural Selection
  • 7. A Rich Inheritance
  • 8. Synthesis And Species
  • 9. Evolution: Truth, Theory Or Myth?
  • Evolutionary Who's Who
  • Evolutionary Reading
  • References
  • Illustration Sources
  • Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 166097
  • Product Code 0521435870
  • EAN 9780521435871
  • Pages 256
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Oct 1992
  • Dimensions 247 x 174 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.893kg

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