- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted June 1, 2009
A must read for any informed person
What Evolution Is is a concise, easy-to-understand, mind-engaging summary of the current standing of Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Ernst Mayr writes in a way so that anyone can grasp the concepts. In this book, Mayr provides a summary of all the findings made by evolutionary biologists in the past 150 years that have led the Theory of Evolution to become much more than just a theory. Mayr explains how evolution is an irrefutable explanation for why the world is the way it is.
Mayr begins his book with a short history of man's philosophies on the creation of the earth, followed by a brief history of evolutionary biology. He then goes on to lay out the vast amounts of evidence that exist for evolution, and the many ways we can see evolutionary forces at work today. This is followed by an explanation of how organic molecules could have arisen in the volatile environment of the newborn earth 4.6 billion years ago and a layout of the phyletic lineages that gave rise to all creatures on the earth today. The rest of the book explains how and why evolution takes place, the process of microevolution, speciation, macroevolution, and the history of human evolution.
What Evolution Is answers many basic questions the average person would have, such as: How did life begin after the birth of the earth? How do scientists know the age of the earth? What causes evolution? When did evolution begin? How does evolution happen? At what rate does evolution occur? How do new species come about? How were complex structures, such as the eye, evolved? How is evolution regarded by most scientists today? Why is the fossil record so incomplete? Why are there still prokaryotes and mice and bugs today if everything evolves? and many, many more.
What Evolution Is satisfies the reader's curiosity on the topic and explains anything that may seem like a gap in the Theory of Evolution. All information presented is clear and concise. What Evolution Is is a great read for anyone who wants to expand their horizons, anyone who wants an alternative to untestable supernatural explanations, anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the topic, or anyone who simply wants to better understand the world we live in today.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.