Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$35.00
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
25 Local Warehouse Biography- Scientists
3 Remote Warehouse Biography- Scientists

More copies of this ISBN

Once We All Had Gills: Growing Up Evolutionist in an Evolving World

by

Once We All Had Gills: Growing Up Evolutionist in an Evolving World Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this book, Rudolf A. Raff reaches out to the scientifically queasy, using his life story and his growth as a scientist to illustrate why science matters, especially at a time when many Americans are both suspicious of science and hostile to scientific ways of thinking. Noting that science has too often been the object of controversy in school curriculums and debates on public policy issues ranging from energy and conservation to stem-cell research and climate change, Raff argues that when the public is confused or ill-informed, these issues tend to be decided on religious, economic, and political grounds that disregard the realities of the natural world. Speaking up for science and scientific literacy, Raff tells how and why he became an evolutionary biologist and describes some of the vibrant and living science of evolution. Once We All Had Gills is also the story of evolution writ large: its history, how it is studied, what it means, and why it has become a useful target in a cultural war against rational thought and the idea of a secular, religiously tolerant nation.

Review:

"With knowledge and humor, Raff relates the story of his personal and professional evolution as a scientist in this part-memoir, part-plea on behalf of the much-maligned sciences of today's political climate. A professor of biology at Indiana University, Raff (The Shape of Life: Genes, Development, and the Evolution of Animal Form) details his childhood interest in science, which began with a collection of dragonflies ('and their elegant cousins, the damselflies'), the mentors that encouraged him in high school, and his eventual founding of the innovative field of evolutionary development ('evo-devo'). Throughout his engaging life narrative, Raff holds forth on intriguing scientific topics, and makes his case for the teaching of evolution in schools, the consequences of scientific assumptions 'harnessed to politics,' and more. At once a cri de coeur from an eminent scientist on behalf of his profession, Raff's work is also an engaging and informative jaunt through the richly diverse history of evolution as a phenomenon and a course of study. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Rudolf A. Raff is James H. Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University and one of the founders of the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). He is director of the Indiana Molecular Biology Institute, editor-in-chief of Evolution and Development, Guggenheim Fellow, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is author of The Shape of Life: Genes, Development, and Evolution of Animal Form and author (with Thom Kaufman) of Embryos, Genes, and Evolution.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I: Becoming a Naturalist

1. Space-Time

2. Layers of the Past

3. An Age of Dinosaurs

4. A School a Minute

5. In the Natural World

6. Transformations

7. Going South

8. Learning to Love the Bomb

9. On the Road to Chiapas

10. The Masked Messenger

Part II: Finding Evolution, Founding Evo-Devo

11. Evolution as Science

12. Dining with Darwin

13. Life with Sea Urchins

14. Embryos Evolving

15. Evolution in the Tasman Sea

16. An Alternate Present

17. Biology Meets Fossils

Part III: Strange New World

18. Darwin's Day in Court

19. Creationist Makeovers

20. Evolution Matters

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253002358
Author:
Raff, Rudolf A.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography and Memoir; Evolution; Science
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
Growing Up Evolution
Publication Date:
20120510
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 color illus., 6 bandw illus.
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
9.1 x 6.4 x 1.3 in

Other books you might like

  1. Kick Up Your Heels... Before You're... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  2. Glamour's Big Book of Dos & Don'ts:... Used Trade Paper $5.50
  3. Relax - You May Only Have a Few... Used Hardcover $1.00
  4. Life Is Short--Wear Your Party... Used Trade Paper $4.50
  5. The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man,...
    Used Hardcover $14.00

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Science and Technology
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Molecular

Once We All Had Gills: Growing Up Evolutionist in an Evolving World New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$35.00 In Stock
Product details 354 pages Indiana University Press - English 9780253002358 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With knowledge and humor, Raff relates the story of his personal and professional evolution as a scientist in this part-memoir, part-plea on behalf of the much-maligned sciences of today's political climate. A professor of biology at Indiana University, Raff (The Shape of Life: Genes, Development, and the Evolution of Animal Form) details his childhood interest in science, which began with a collection of dragonflies ('and their elegant cousins, the damselflies'), the mentors that encouraged him in high school, and his eventual founding of the innovative field of evolutionary development ('evo-devo'). Throughout his engaging life narrative, Raff holds forth on intriguing scientific topics, and makes his case for the teaching of evolution in schools, the consequences of scientific assumptions 'harnessed to politics,' and more. At once a cri de coeur from an eminent scientist on behalf of his profession, Raff's work is also an engaging and informative jaunt through the richly diverse history of evolution as a phenomenon and a course of study. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.