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Thomson, J. Arthur (John Arthur) 1861-1933

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Works: 474 works in 1,599 publications in 5 languages and 15,427 library holdings
Genres: History  Bibliography  Biography  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Contributor
Classifications: QH366, 575
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Most widely held works about J. Arthur Thomson
 
Most widely held works by J. Arthur Thomson
Concerning evolution by Patrick Geddes( Book )

107 editions published between 1889 and 1931 in 3 languages and held by 1,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A handbook that gives practical information on subjects including, the male and female organs, the ovum and sperm, reproduction, the determination of sex and the physiology of sex
The outline of science, a plain story simply told by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

24 editions published between 1922 and 2011 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great biologists by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

12 editions published between 1932 and 1990 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great design; order and progress in nature by Frances Mason( Book )

14 editions published between 1834 and 1936 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and religion : being the Morse lectures for 1924 by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

20 editions published between 1925 and 1970 in English and Chinese and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The system of animate nature; the Gifford lectures delivered in the University of St. Andrews in the years 1915 and 1916 by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

26 editions published between 1920 and 1924 in English and Undetermined and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The aim of this study of Animate Nature is to state the general results of biological inquiry which must be taken account of if we are to think of organic Nature as a whole and in relation to the rest of our experience. Both among careful thinkers and careless passers-by views of organic Nature are held, in regard, for instance, to the organism as mechanism, the determinism of heredity, the struggle for existence, which seem to the author to be lacking in accuracy or in adequacy, which therefore tend to involve unnecessary difficulties in systematisation and perhaps gratuitous confusion in conduct. It has been declared by some that the world of life is "a dismal cockpit", that in the behaviour of living creatures mind is a negligible quantity, that the study of heredity must leave us fatalistic, and that evolution is largely "a chapter of accidents". Such views engender what may be called natural irreligion, and it is the object of this course to show that such views are scientifically untenable. Nature doubtless presents many puzzling features, but care must be taken to make sure that what seem to be unconformabilities are not due to the inadequacy of our knowledge. While trying to keep wishes from fathering thoughts, we have been led in our study to see that the general results of Biology, when stated with accuracy, are not out of line with transcendental conclusions reached along other paths--conclusions which different minds express in different forms. It looks as if Nature were much more conformable than is often supposed to religious interpretation, but we have not seen it to be our duty to justify the ways of God to man. We have tried to keep as close as possible to the facts of the case, leaving philosophical and religious inferences for those who are better qualified to draw them. Our endeavour to present the scientific view of Animate Nature has often led only to a disappointing balancing of alternative formulations, for science abounds in open questions; it has also involved considerable noise of facts throughout the lectures, for there is no other way of getting beyond mere opinions. But it will be understood that the appeal to facts is not exactly for their own sake, as in a course of lectures on descriptive Biology, but as a basis for those distinctive biological and psycho-biological concepts of organism, behaviour, development, heredity, evolution, and so on, which must be included in a philosophical view of Nature"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Heredity by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

33 editions published between 1908 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to science by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

47 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This classic book discusses what science is: it's purposes and how it relates it to philosophy, art, religion." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The evolution theory by August Weismann( Book )

19 editions published between 1904 and 2012 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When a life of pleasant labour is drawing towards a close, the wish naturally asserts itself to gather together the main results, and to combine them in a well-defined and harmonious picture which may be left as a legacy to succeeding generations. This wish has been my main motive in the publication of these lectures, which I delivered in the University of Freiburg in Breisgau. But there has been an additional motive in the fact that the theory of heredity published by me a decade ago has given rise not only to many investigations prompted by it, but also to a whole literature of 'refutations,' and, what is much better, has brought to light a mass of new facts which, at first sight at least, seem to contradict my main theory. As I remain as convinced that the essential part of my theory is well grounded as I was when I first sketched it, I naturally wish to show how the new facts may be brought into harmony with it. It is by no means only with the theory of heredity by itself that I am concerned, for that has served, so to speak, as a means to a higher end, as a groundwork on which to base an interpretation of the transformations of life through the course of the ages. For the phenomena of heredity, like all the functions of individual life, stand in the closest association with the whole evolution of life upon our earth; indeed, they form its roots, the nutritive basis from which all its innumerable branches and twigs are, in the long run, derived. Thus the phenomena of the individual life, and especially those of reproduction and inheritance, must be considered in connexion with the Theory of Descent, that the latter may be illumined by them, and so brought nearer our understanding. This book consists of 'Lectures' which were given publicly at the university here. In my introductory lecture in 1867 I championed the Theory of Descent, which was then the subject of lively controversy, but it was not till seven years later that I gave, by way of experiment, a short summer course with a view to aiding in the dissemination of Darwin's views. Then very gradually my own studies and researches and those of others led me to add to the Darwinian edifice and to attempt a further elaboration of it, and accordingly these 'Lectures,' which were delivered almost regularly every year from 1880 onwards, were gradually modified in accordance with the state of my knowledge at the time, so that they have been, I may say, a mirror of the course of my own intellectual evolution"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Riddles of science by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

17 editions published between 1932 and 1971 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Darwinism and human life : the South African lectures for 1909 by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

41 editions published between 1909 and 2010 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This early 20th-century work contains a series of lectures given by Scottish naturalist John Arthur Thomson about Charles Darwin and Darwinism
What is man? by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

14 editions published between 1923 and 1926 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outlines of zoology by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

73 editions published between 1892 and 1953 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bible of nature; five lectures delivered before Lake Forest College on the foundation of the late William Bross by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

29 editions published between 1908 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published in 1908, this collection of five lectures features "The Wonder of the World," "The History of Things," "Organisms and their Origin," "The Evolution of Organisms," and "Man's Place in Nature." Thomson imagines nature to be a vital book that humans must read--and the scientific history of earth is somewhat of a "story of genesis."
Naturalism and religion by Rudolf Otto( Book )

11 editions published between 1907 and 2014 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published in 1907, this volume was Otto's first attempt to bridge the purely religious and the purely scientific world views-which were as much in conflict during his time as they are today. Chapters include The Religious Interpretation of the World, Naturalism, Darwinism in General, and The World and God, among other interesting topics
The biology of birds by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

10 editions published in 1923 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of animal life by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

55 editions published between 1892 and 1923 in English and Russian and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution in modern thought by Ernest Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel( Book )

15 editions published between 1910 and 2008 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wonder of life by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

24 editions published between 1914 and 1929 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Progress of science in the century by J. Arthur Thomson( Book )

23 editions published between 1903 and 1908 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Darwinism and human life : the South African lectures for 1909
Alternative Names
John Arthur Thomson Brits natuurwetenschapper (1861-1933)

Thomson, J. A.

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Thomson, J. Arthur 1861-1933 Sir

Thomson, J. Arthur (John Arthur), Sir, 1861-1933

Thomson, John Arthur 1861-1933

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Thomson, John Arthur, Sir, 1861-1933

Thomson, Sir John Arthur

תומסון, י. ארתור

תומסון, י. ארתור 1861־1933

جان آرتور تامسون

トムソン, ジョン アーサー

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Chinese (10)

French (6)

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Russian (1)

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Darwinism and human life : the South African lectures for 1909Naturalism and religionEvolution in modern thought