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The meaning of evolution : a study of the history of life and of its significance for man

Author: George Gaylord Simpson
Publisher: New Haven : Yale Univ. Press, 1967.
Series: Terry lectures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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A world-famous scientist presents a synthesis of modern views on the principles of evolution. The result of twenty-five years of research, The Meaning of Evolution follows the rise and fall of the dynasties of life through the 2,000,000,000 years of the history of earth. It explains what forces have been acting to bring about evolution and re-examines human aims, values, and duties in the light of what science  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Gaylord Simpson
ISBN: 0300002297 9780300002294
OCLC Number: 2436282
Description: xvii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. The course of evolution : Geologic time ; The beginnings of life ; Major outlines of the fossil records ; The history of vertebrates ; Records and radiations of reptiles ; Outlines of the history of mammals ; The history of the primates ; Rates of evolution ; First conclusions from the record --
2. The interpretation of evolution : The problem of problems ; Oriented evolution: orthogenesis and trends ; The opportunism of evolution ; Racial life and death ; Forces of evolution and their integration ; Evolution and their integration ; The concept of progress in evolution ; Historical retrospect: the evolution of evolution --
3. Evolution, humanity, and ethics : Man's place in nature ; The search for an ethic ; The ethics of knowledge and responsibility ; The future of man and of life.
Series Title: Terry lectures.
Responsibility: by George Gaylord Simpson.

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A world-famous scientist presents a synthesis of modern views on the principles of evolution. The result of twenty-five years of research, The Meaning of Evolution follows the rise and fall of the dynasties of life through the 2,000,000,000 years of the history of earth. It explains what forces have been acting to bring about evolution and re-examines human aims, values, and duties in the light of what science discloses of the nature of man and of his place in the history of life. The clearest and soundest exposition of the nature of the evolutionary process that has yet been written...The book may be read with equal profit and pleasure by the general reader, the student, and the expert. -Ashley Montagu, Isis This book is, without question, the best general work on the meaning of evolution to appear in our time. -The New York Times.

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