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Monad to man : the concept of progress in evolutionary biology

Author: Michael Ruse; International Society for Science and Religion.
Publisher: [Cambridge] : [International Society for Science and Religion], [2010?]
Series: ISSR library, no. 126.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ubiquitous in Darwin's time, the idea of an unceasing improvement in life insinuated its way into evolutionary theory from the first. In interviews with today's major figures in evolutionary biology - including Stephen Jay Gould, Edward O. Wilson, Ernst Mayr, and John Maynard Smith - and in an intimate look at the discoveries and advances in the history and philosophy of science, Ruse finds this belief just as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ruse, Michael.
Monad to man.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)605220800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Ruse; International Society for Science and Religion.
ISBN: 0674582209 9780674582200 9780674032484 0674032489
OCLC Number: 756838729
Notes: "ZZ3 RM11" -- Spine.
Previously published: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
"First Harvard University Press paperback edition, 2009"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 628 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Progress and culture --
The birth of evolutionism --
The nineteenth century: from Cuvier to Owen --
Charles Darwin and progress --
Evolution as world view --
The professional biologist --
Evolution travels west --
British evolutionists and Mendelian genetics --
Discipline building in Britain --
The genetics of populations --
The synthesis --
Professional evolutionism --
Contemporary debates.
Series Title: ISSR library, no. 126.
Responsibility: Michael Ruse.

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An interpretation of evolutionary theory. This book searches evolutionism's 250-year history and discusses the intimate relationship between evolution and the secular ideology of progress.  Read more...

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