Darwin

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Charles Darwin can easily be considered one of the most influential scholars of his time. His thoughts, ideas, research and writings have had a far reaching impact and influence on modern thought in the arts, on society, and in science. With contributions from leading scholars, this collection of essays explores how Darwin's work grew out of the ideas of his time, and how its influence spread to contemporary thinking about creationism, the limits of human evolution and the diversification of living species and ...

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Overview

Charles Darwin can easily be considered one of the most influential scholars of his time. His thoughts, ideas, research and writings have had a far reaching impact and influence on modern thought in the arts, on society, and in science. With contributions from leading scholars, this collection of essays explores how Darwin's work grew out of the ideas of his time, and how its influence spread to contemporary thinking about creationism, the limits of human evolution and the diversification of living species and their conservation. A full account of the legacy of Darwin in contemporary scholarship and thought. With contributions from Janet Browne, Jim Secord, Rebecca Stott, Paul Seabright, Steve Jones, Sean Carroll, Craig Moritz and John Dupré. This book derives from a highly successful series of public lectures, revised and illustrated for publication under the editorship of Professor William Brown and Professor Andrew Fabian of the University of Cambridge.

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Editorial Reviews

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"There is not a weak essay in the set, and the collection paints a surprisingly coherent picture of the breadth and diversity of Darwinian thought. The essays are appropriate for all readers; with an extremely reasonable list price, there is no reason that any library should be without it. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries."
R. Gilmour, Ithaca College, Choice Magazine

"Darwin is accessible; contributions retain the vitality of the public address. As well as a comment on the history of Darwin and his work, Darwin is a notable record of how the author of Origin was commemorated at 200.
Piers J. Hale, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521131957
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Darwin College Lectures Series , #23
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William Brown is the Master of Darwin College and Professor of Industrial Relations in the Economics Faculty at Cambridge University. He was previously Director of the ESRC's Industrial Relations Research Unit at the University of Warwick. His research has been concerned with collective bargaining, pay determination, incomes policy, payment systems, arbitration, minimum wages, and the impact of legislative change. His publications include Piecework Bargaining (1973), The Changing Contours of British Industrial Relations (1981), The Individualisation of Employment Contracts in Britain (1998) and The Evolution of the Modern Workplace (2009). He was a foundation member of the Low Pay Commission, which fixes the UK's National Minimum Wage and is now a member of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Panel of Arbitrators, the Union Modernisation Fund Advisory Board. In 2002 he was awarded a CBE for services to employment relations.

Andrew Fabian is the Vice-Master of Darwin College and Royal Society Professor of Astronomy at the Institute of Astronomy in the University of Cambridge. His research interests centre on black holes and clusters of galaxies. He has organised several previous Darwin Lecture Series (Origins in 1986, Evolution in 1995 and Conflict, with Martin Jones, in 2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded an OBE in 2006.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors

Introduction

1 Darwin's intellectual development: biography, history and commemoration Janet Browne Browne, Janet 1

2 Global Darwin James A. Secord Secord, James A. 31

3 Darwin in the literary world Rebecca Stott Stott, Rebecca 58

4 Darwin and human society Paul Seabright Seabright, Paul 78

5 The evolution of Utopia Steve Jones Jones, Steve 104

6 The making of the fittest: the DNA record of evolution Sean B. Carroll Carroll, Sean B. 121

7 Evolutionary biogeography and conservation on a rapidly changing planet: building on Darwin's vision Ana Carolina Carnaval Carnaval, Ana Carolina 135

8 Postgenomic Darwinism John Dupre Dupre, John 150

Notes 172

References 179

Notes on contributors 201

Index 204

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