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The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul

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Introduced in 1859, Charles Darwins theory of evolution generated hot debate and controversy. Today, nearly all reputable scientists agree: evolution did happen and natural selection was its main driving force. And yet, a century and a half after Darwin, the theory of evolution is still being fought over with a ferocity that has rarely been equaled in the annals of science. What are scientists arguing about? And why are their exchanges sometimes so bitter?

In The Evolutionists, Richard Morris vividly portrays the controversies raging today in the field of evolutionary biology. With a clear and unbiased eye, he explores the fundamental questions about the evolutionary process that have provoked such vehement disagreement among some of the worlds most prominent scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould, fellow paleontologist Niles Eldredge, geneticist John Maynard Smith, and zoologist Richard Dawkins.

As he elucidates the issues of contention, Morris also positions them within the broader context of evolutionary thought as a whole. He explains the theory of evolution in detail, reviews the main trends of evolutionary science since Darwin, and assesses how the field is changing today—from ground-breaking new research to the emergence of scientific disciplines like complexity theory and evolutionary psychology.

A vibrant account of contemporary evolutionary biology, The Evolutionists is a fascinating look at how controversy and debate shape the scientific process.

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Morris, a physicist who writes on science for the lay reader, turns his pen to a controversy most non-scientists are unaware exists. We learn that the interpretations espoused by Stephen J. Gould are not accepted by a number of other scientists, including Niles Eldredge, John Maynard Smith and Richard Dawkins. In the course of this clearly written account, Morris explains the theory of evolution, the main trends of its science since Darwin, and the scientific research in evolution that forms the basis for diverging interpretations.
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A vibrant account of contemporary evolutionary biology, The Evolutionists is a fascinating look at how controversy and debate shape the scientific process.

Synopsis:

Introduced in 1859, Charles Darwins theory of evolution generated hot debate and controversy. Today, nearly all reputable scientists agree: evolution did happen and natural selection was its main driving force. And yet, a century and a half after Darwin, the theory of evolution is still being fought over with a ferocity that has rarely been equaled in the annals of science. What are scientists arguing about? And why are their exchanges sometimes so bitter?

In The Evolutionists, Richard Morris vividly portrays the controversies raging today in the field of evolutionary biology. With a clear and unbiased eye, he explores the fundamental questions about the evolutionary process that have provoked such vehement disagreement among some of the worlds most prominent scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould, fellow paleontologist Niles Eldredge, geneticist John Maynard Smith, and zoologist Richard Dawkins.

As he elucidates the issues of contention, Morris also positions them within the broader context of evolutionary thought as a whole. He explains the theory of evolution in detail, reviews the main trends of evolutionary science since Darwin, and assesses how the field is changing today—from ground-breaking new research to the emergence of scientific disciplines like complexity theory and evolutionary psychology.

A vibrant account of contemporary evolutionary biology, The Evolutionists is a fascinating look at how controversy and debate shape the scientific process.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-244) and index.

About the Author

Richard Morris, Ph.D., is the author of over a dozen books explaining the wonders and intricacies of the scientific world. Among these are Artificial Worlds, Achilles in the Quantum Universe, Cosmic Questions, The Edges of Science, The Nature of Reality, and Times Arrows. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780716740940
Subtitle:
The Struggle for Darwin's Soul
Author:
Morris, Richard
Author:
Morris, Richard , PhD
Author:
Richard Morris, PhD
Publisher:
W. H. Freeman
Location:
New York
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Natural selection
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1510
Publication Date:
20010501
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.622 in

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A vibrant account of contemporary evolutionary biology, The Evolutionists is a fascinating look at how controversy and debate shape the scientific process.

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Introduced in 1859, Charles Darwins theory of evolution generated hot debate and controversy. Today, nearly all reputable scientists agree: evolution did happen and natural selection was its main driving force. And yet, a century and a half after Darwin, the theory of evolution is still being fought over with a ferocity that has rarely been equaled in the annals of science. What are scientists arguing about? And why are their exchanges sometimes so bitter?

In The Evolutionists, Richard Morris vividly portrays the controversies raging today in the field of evolutionary biology. With a clear and unbiased eye, he explores the fundamental questions about the evolutionary process that have provoked such vehement disagreement among some of the worlds most prominent scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould, fellow paleontologist Niles Eldredge, geneticist John Maynard Smith, and zoologist Richard Dawkins.

As he elucidates the issues of contention, Morris also positions them within the broader context of evolutionary thought as a whole. He explains the theory of evolution in detail, reviews the main trends of evolutionary science since Darwin, and assesses how the field is changing today—from ground-breaking new research to the emergence of scientific disciplines like complexity theory and evolutionary psychology.

A vibrant account of contemporary evolutionary biology, The Evolutionists is a fascinating look at how controversy and debate shape the scientific process.

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