Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life

Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life

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by Niles Eldredge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393059669

ISBN-13: 9780393059663

Pub. Date: 11/14/2005

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A riveting tribute to Charles Darwin's life and ideas in celebration of his 200th birthday.
Charles Darwin's ideas resonate deeply in Western culture today, and his theory still lies at the heart of modern scientific evolutionary research. As other nineteenth-century figures fade, Darwin's theory of evolution still provokes controversy, spilling over into

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A riveting tribute to Charles Darwin's life and ideas in celebration of his 200th birthday.
Charles Darwin's ideas resonate deeply in Western culture today, and his theory still lies at the heart of modern scientific evolutionary research. As other nineteenth-century figures fade, Darwin's theory of evolution still provokes controversy, spilling over into curriculum battles at state and local school boards in the United States and around the world.
In exploring the everyday artifacts of Darwin's life, his notebooks, and early manuscripts, Niles Eldredge "a candid, no-punches-pulled interpreter of the core ideas of evolutionary biology" (Science News) provides a rare glimpse into the mind of this highly intuitive, creative scientist. The celebration of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday in 2009 begins in November 2005 with the opening of a major exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, curated by Eldredge, that will travel across the nation. More than a companion book to the exhibit, Darwin is a rich and inspiring reconstruction of Darwin's life through his writings and discoveries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393059663
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/14/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Charles Darwin7
Ch. 2Darwin on the Sandwalk41
Ch. 3Darwin's evolution : issues, contexts, and the red and transmutation notebooks69
Ch. 4Darwin's evolution : the manuscripts and books137
Ch. 5Evolution after Darwin171
Ch. 6Darwin as anti-Christ : creationism in the twenty-first century217

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Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pooder More than 1 year ago
Darwin remains one of the most polarizing figures of the Victorian era. I can't be sure but I believe this book was written to accompany the wonderful Darwin exhibit which toured the U.S. several years ago.
The author is a well respected scientist. He takes the reader through much of Darwin's thinking prior to the publication of "Origins" and in doing so helps one see how the theory took shape over a period of five years. He also discusses the "Origins" and other writings. He makes pains to suggest Darwin wasn't always right but seems to search for any evidence which suggests he was almost right. It is clear to an unbiased reader today that much of 1859 Darwin has not stood the test of time. He was wrong and admitting so seems less likely to hurt his reputation than searching for ways to support his erroneous assumptions. The end of the book is an attack on Intelligent Design and seems out of place in a book of inquiry and explanation.
I am not a "Creationist" but neither do I find current evolutionary theory all that convincing. Alfred Wallace, Darwin's contemporary and co-founder of evolutionary theory, had many reservations about man being included in the gridwork of evolution. It seems just as easy to see design in the movement from possum to man as their is to call it evolution. In the end one is left to wonder where that original life form came from? All theories on that question remain faith based, even the evolutionist explanation.