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Climbing mount improbable

著者: Richard Dawkins
出版商: New York : Norton, 1996.
版本/格式:   图书 : 英语 : 1st American ed查看所有的版本和格式
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How do species evolve? Richard Dawkins, one of the world's most eminent zoologists, likens the process to scaling a huge, Himalaya-size peak, the Mount Improbable of his title. An alpinist does not leap from sea level to the summit; neither does a species utterly change forms overnight, but instead follows a course of "slow, cumulative, one-step-at-a-time, non-random survival of random variants"--a course that  再读一些...
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所有的著者/提供者: Richard Dawkins
ISBN: 0393039307 9780393039306
OCLC号码: 34633422
描述: xii, 340 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
内容: Facing Mount Rushmore --
Silken fetters --
Message from the mountain --
Getting off the ground --
Forty-fold path to enlightenment --
Museum of all shells - Kaleidoscopic embryos --
Pollen grains and magic bullets --
Robot repeater --
'A garden inclosed'.
责任: Richard Dawkins ; original drawings by Lalla Ward.

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How do species evolve? Richard Dawkins, one of the world's most eminent zoologists, likens the process to scaling a huge, Himalaya-size peak, the Mount Improbable of his title. An alpinist does not leap from sea level to the summit; neither does a species utterly change forms overnight, but instead follows a course of "slow, cumulative, one-step-at-a-time, non-random survival of random variants"--a course that Charles Darwin, Dawkins's great hero, called natural selection. Illustrating his arguments with case studies from the natural world, such as the evolution of the eye and the lung, and the coevolution of certain kinds of figs and wasps, Dawkins provides a vigorous, entertaining defense of key Darwinian ideas.

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Good popular work. On the simple end of popularizations

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Written for the general public, this work on evolutionary theory attempts to show how dramatic functional complexity can evolve gradually. The overall metaphor is that there can be gentle slopes leading up the backside of a slope that on its face has a steep cliff. We see the steep cliff of complexity...
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