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The most accessible edition ever published of Darwin?s incendiary classic, edited by ?as fine a science essayist as we have? (New York Times)

The Descent of Man, Darwin?s second landmark work on evolutionary theory (following The Origin of the Species), marked a turning point in the history of science with its modern vision of human nature as the product of evolution. Darwin argued that the noblest features of humans, such as language and morality, were the result of the same natural processes that produced iris petals and scorpion tails.

To convey the revolutionary importance of this groundbreaking book, renowned evolutionary science writer Carl Zimmer edited this special abridged edition?made up of nine excerpts, each one representing one of Darwin?s major themes?and wrote illuminating introductions to each section, as well as an overall introduction. Zimmer brilliantly places Darwin?s basic ideas in the context of the current understanding of human nature and twenty-first-century DNA research. By accessibly presenting Darwin?s thinking to a modern readership, Zimmer eloquently demonstrates Darwin?s ever-increasing relevance and amazing scientific insight.

Synopsis:

In this accessible edition of Darwins incendiary classic, renowned evolutionary science writer Zimmer edits this special abridged edition--made up of nine excerpts--and brilliantly places Darwins basic ideas in the context of the current understanding of human nature and 21st-century DNA research.

About the Author

CARL ZIMMER is the award-winning author of Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins, Soul Made Flesh (a New York Times Notable Book, 2004), and several other books about evolution and science. He writes regularly for the New York Times, National Geographic, Science, Newsweek, and Discover, where he is a contributing editor. In 2002 he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452288881
Author:
Darwin, Charles
Publisher:
Plume Books
Foreword by:
de Waal, Frans
Foreword:
de Waal, Frans
Editor:
Zimmer, Carl
Author:
de Waal, Frans
Author:
Zimmer, Carl
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Human beings
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Human beings -- Origin.
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.86x5.96x.93 in. .81 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , In this accessible edition of Darwins incendiary classic, renowned evolutionary science writer Zimmer edits this special abridged edition--made up of nine excerpts--and brilliantly places Darwins basic ideas in the context of the current understanding of human nature and 21st-century DNA research.
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