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Darwin's dice : the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin

Author: Curtis N Johnson
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For evolutionary biologists, the concept of chance has always played a significant role in the formation of evolutionary theory. As far back as Greek antiquity, chance and "luck" were understood to be key factors in the evolution of the natural world. Emphasizing chance is an entire way of thinking about nature, and it is also one of the key ideas that separates Charles Darwin from other systematic biologists of
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Curtis N Johnson
ISBN: 9780199361410 019936141X
OCLC Number: 891161203
Description: xxxii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Two faces of chance --
Chance transport --
Causes and laws of variations --
Chance, nature, and intelligence --
Darwin's evolving views about chance --
"So-called Spontaneous Variation" --
Darwin's architect metaphor --
Darwin's giraffes --
Chance and free will --
Chance and human morality --
Appendix. The primary sources.
Responsibility: Curtis Johnson.

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