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Darwin's ghost : the origin of species updated

Author: Steve Jones
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1999, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Charles Darwin's masterpiece, The Origin of Species, is probably the best-known, least-read book. Unquestionably one of the most important achievements of the millennium, the book caused a sensation when it was published in 1859, because it forced mankind to see itself as part of the animal world -- a notion that hundreds of millions still deny. Darwin's theory of common descent did for biology what Galileo did for  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Jones
ISBN: 0375501037 9780375501036
OCLC Number: 1011627983
Description: 377 pages
Contents: I. Variation Under Domestication --
II. Variation Under Nature --
III. Struggle for Existence --
IV. Natural Selection --
V. Laws of Variation --
VI. Difficulties on Theory --
VII. Instinct --
VIII. Hybridism --
IX. On the Imperfection of the Geological Record --
X. On the Geological Succession of Organic Beings --
XI. Geographical Distribution --
XII. Geographical Distribution --
continued --
XIII. Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings; Morphology; Embryology; Rudimentary Organs --
Interlude: Almost Like a Whale? --
XIV. Recapitulation and Conclusion.
Responsibility: Steve Jones.

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Charles Darwin's masterpiece, The Origin of Species, is probably the best-known, least-read book. Unquestionably one of the most important achievements of the millennium, the book caused a sensation when it was published in 1859, because it forced mankind to see itself as part of the animal world -- a notion that hundreds of millions still deny. Darwin's theory of common descent did for biology what Galileo did for astronomy: made it into a single science rather than a collection of unrelated facts. Those facts, however, are now a century and a half old, as are The Origin's illustrative examples and Victorian prose style. Writing as "Darwin's ghost," the well-known geneticist Steve Jones has drawn on our ever-expanding scientific knowledge and the brilliant logic set out in The Origin to restate evolution's case for the twenty-first century.

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