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Charles Darwin's ideas resonate deeply in Western culture today, and his theory still lies at the heart of modern scientific evolutionary research. As other nineteenth-century figures fade, Darwin's theory of evolution still provokes controversy, spilling over into curriculum battles at state and local school boards in the United States and around the world. In exploring the everyday artifacts of Darwin's life, his notebooks, and early manuscripts, Niles Eldredge "a candid, no-punches-pulled interpreter of the core ideas of evolutionary biology" () provides a rare glimpse into the mind of this highly intuitive, creative scientist. The celebration of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday in 2009 begins in November 2005 with the opening of a major exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, curated by Eldredge, that will travel across the nation. More than a companion book to the exhibit, is a rich and inspiring reconstruction of Darwin's life through his writings and discoveries.

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"The bicentennial of Darwin's birth in 2009 and the sesquicentennial of the publication of On the Origin of Species will be commemorated by a touring exhibition curated by author Eldredge (Life on Earth), of the American Museum of Natural History, that will give audiences a rare opportunity to see Darwin's personal effects, notebooks and materials that contributed to Origin. This book primarily follows Darwin's progress on his theory in the 20 years between his return from the famous voyage on the Beagle and publication of his paradigm-shattering book. Darwin dismembered some of his notebooks, but scholars have reconstructed most of them so that readers can follow his thought processes. Eldredge shows how Darwin laid aside some ideas, like the importance of stasis (which Eldredge and the late Stephen Jay Gould developed into their concept of 'punctuated equilibria'), that are now accepted in evolutionary theory. He makes the interesting observation that Darwin was one of the first scientists to abandon Baconian induction in forming hypotheses, consciously turning to the hypothetico-deductive method. Eldredge addresses advances in evolutionary theory since Darwin and takes on intelligent design. The author conveys his great admiration for his subject in a straightforward manner that will enlighten dedicated science readers. 100 illus. Agent, John Michel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Practitioner and curator Eldredge, who has spent his career exploring the effects of evolution, works through the notebooks of Darwin to describe the thought processes and influences that brought him to the publication of On the Origin of the Species. Rather than reinforcing the opinions of the "super-Darwinists," Eldredge re- connects readers with Darwin's own thought, which was that our genes and those of all about us are only a part of the environment, that the world is much too complex to bind with a single theory. He examines the popular image of Darwin as well as how others have interpreted his work, the means Darwin used to locate his data and organize it coherently, the history of the book's publication and Darwin's defenses of it (from many sides), and the rise of creationism in this century.
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Practitioner and curator Eldredge, who has spent his career exploring the effects of evolution, works through the notebooks of Darwin to describe the thought processes and influences that brought him to the publication of On the Origin of the Species. Rather than reinforcing the opinions of the "super-Darwinists," Eldredge re- connects readers with Darwin's own thought, which was that our genes and those of all about us are only a part of the environment, that the world is much too complex to bind with a single theory. He examines the popular image of Darwin as well as how others have interpreted his work, the means Darwin used to locate his data and organize it coherently, the history of the book's publication and Darwin's defenses of it (from many sides), and the rise of creationism in this century. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A riveting tribute to Charles Darwin's life and ideas in celebration of his 200th birthday.

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Niles Eldredge is a paleontologist and a curator at the American Museum of Natural History and the author of many books on evolutionary theory.

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This is a thoughtful biography of Darwin, exploring such questions as what makes an innovative thinker and why Darwin waited 20 years to publish his theory of natural selection. The author is the curator of the national Museum of Natural History and wrote this book to accompany an extensive exhibit on Darwin.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393059663
Author:
Eldredge, Niles
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Naturalists
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Darwin, Charles
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
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Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
color throughout, 100 illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.6 x 7.3 x 1 in 1.81 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The bicentennial of Darwin's birth in 2009 and the sesquicentennial of the publication of On the Origin of Species will be commemorated by a touring exhibition curated by author Eldredge (Life on Earth), of the American Museum of Natural History, that will give audiences a rare opportunity to see Darwin's personal effects, notebooks and materials that contributed to Origin. This book primarily follows Darwin's progress on his theory in the 20 years between his return from the famous voyage on the Beagle and publication of his paradigm-shattering book. Darwin dismembered some of his notebooks, but scholars have reconstructed most of them so that readers can follow his thought processes. Eldredge shows how Darwin laid aside some ideas, like the importance of stasis (which Eldredge and the late Stephen Jay Gould developed into their concept of 'punctuated equilibria'), that are now accepted in evolutionary theory. He makes the interesting observation that Darwin was one of the first scientists to abandon Baconian induction in forming hypotheses, consciously turning to the hypothetico-deductive method. Eldredge addresses advances in evolutionary theory since Darwin and takes on intelligent design. The author conveys his great admiration for his subject in a straightforward manner that will enlighten dedicated science readers. 100 illus. Agent, John Michel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A riveting tribute to Charles Darwin's life and ideas in celebration of his 200th birthday.
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