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Selfish Gene New Edition
Selfish Gene New Edition
by Richard Dawkins
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This nontechnical description of modern genetics is based on the insight that replicating structures have a built-in drive for self-preservation. A fascinating and provocative popular account.... (read more)

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
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In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food... (read more)

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Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
by Bill Nye
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"Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself. It... (read more)

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The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
by Christine Kenneally
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“The richest, freshest, most fun book on genetics in some time.” —The New York Times Book Review   We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by forces that are invisible to us? In The... (read more)

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The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition With a New Introduction by the Author
The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition With a New Introduction by the Author
by Richard Dawkins
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Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the... (read more)

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The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (P.S.)
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (P.S.)
by Jared Diamond
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The Development of an Extraordinary Species We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet -- having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of... (read more)

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The Social Conquest of Earth
The Social Conquest of Earth
by Edward Osborne Wilson
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Sparking vigorous debate in the sciences, upends "the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first" (). Refashioning the story of human evolution, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology and social behavior... (read more)

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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
by Jonathan Weiner
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not... (read more)

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On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection (Giant Thrifts)
On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection (Giant Thrifts)
by Charles Darwin
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"The Origin is one of the most important books ever published, and a knowledge of it should be a part of the intellectual equipment of every educated person. . . . The book will endure in future ages so long as a knowledge of science persists among... (read more)

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Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection
Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection
by Peter Godfrey Smith
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In 1859 Darwin described a deceptively simple mechanism that he called "natural selection," a combination of variation, inheritance, and reproductive success. He argued that this mechanism was the key to explaining the most puzzling features of the... (read more)

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The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
by Jonathan Gottschall
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Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. Its easy to... (read more)

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A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth
A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth
by Joe Kirschvink
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Charles Darwin's theories, first published more than 150 years ago, still set the paradigm of how we understand the evolution of life-but scientific advances of recent decades have radically altered that understanding. In fact the currently accepted... (read more)

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The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis
The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis
by Ruth Defries
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Our species long lived on the edge of starvation. Now we produce enough food for all 7 billion of us to eat nearly 3,000 calories every day. This is such an astonishing thing in the history of life as to verge on the miraculous. The Big Ratchet is the... (read more)

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Why Evolution Is True (09 Edition)
Why Evolution Is True (09 Edition)
by Jerry A. Coyne
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Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species a little over one hundred and fifty years ago, and it changed everything. But many donand#8217;t realize that it took Darwin over twenty years to develop his theory, that others had been advocating a... (read more)

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The Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
The Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
by Charles Darwin
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Perhaps the most readable and accessible of the great works of scientific imagination, The Origin of Species sold out on the day it was published in 1859. Theologians quickly labeled Charles Darwin the most dangerous man in England, and, as the Saturday... (read more)

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Integrative Organismal Biology
Integrative Organismal Biology
by Lynn B. (edt) Martin
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Integrative Organismal Biology synthesizes current understanding of the causes and consequences of individual variation at the physiological, behavioral and organismal levels. Emphasizing key topics such as phenotypic plasticity and flexibility, and... (read more)

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Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think about Our Lives
Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think about Our Lives
by David Sloan Wilson
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What is the biological reason for gossip? For laughter? For the creation of art? Why do dogs have curly tails? What can microbes tell us about morality? These and many other questions are tackled by renowned evolutionist David Sloan Wilson in this witty... (read more)

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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
by Annalee Newitz
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A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Science & Technology In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by... (read more)

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First Word (07 Edition)
First Word (07 Edition)
by Christine Kenneally
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A New York Times Notable Book How biology, psychology, and history shape us as individuals We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? In The Invisible History of the... (read more)

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Evolution: The History of an Idea
Evolution: The History of an Idea
by Peter J. Bowler
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Since its original publication in 1989, Evolution: The History of an Idea has been recognized as a comprehensive and authoritative source on the development and impact of this most controversial of scientific theories. This twentieth anniversary edition... (read more)

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