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Evolution : the remarkable history of a scientific theory

Author: Edward J Larson
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2006.
Series: Modern Library chronicles, 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this work, science historian Edward J. Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin's "dangerous idea," from its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the brilliant breakthroughs of Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, to Watson and Crick's stunning discovery of the DNA double helix, and to today's triumphant neo-Darwinian synthesis and rising sociobiology." "Along the way, Larson places the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward J Larson
ISBN: 0812968492 9780812968491
OCLC Number: 70826907
Description: 347 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Bursting the limits of time --
A growing sense of progress --
On the origins of Darwinism --
Enthroning naturalism --
Ascent of evolutionism --
Missing links --
Genetics enters the picture --
Applied human evolution --
America's anti-evolution crusade --
The modern synthesis --
Modern culture wars --
Postmodern developments.
Series Title: Modern Library chronicles, 17.
Responsibility: Edward J. Larson.

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"In this work, science historian Edward J. Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin's "dangerous idea," from its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the brilliant breakthroughs of Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, to Watson and Crick's stunning discovery of the DNA double helix, and to today's triumphant neo-Darwinian synthesis and rising sociobiology." "Along the way, Larson places the scientific upheaval of evolution in cultural perspective: the social and philosophical earthquake that was the French Revolution; the development, in England, of a laissez-faire capitalism in tune with a Darwinian ethos of "survival of the fittest"; the emergence of Social Darwinism and the dark science of eugenics against a backdrop of industrial revolution; the American Christian backlash against evolutionism that culminated in the famous Scopes trial; and on to today's world, were religious fundamentalists litigate for the right to teach "creation science" alongside evolution in U.S. public schools, even as the theory itself continues to evolve in new and surprising directions."--BOOK JACKET of hardcover edition.

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