Evolution: The First Four Billion Years

Evolution: The First Four Billion Years

by Michael Ruse
     
 

ISBN-10: 067403175X

ISBN-13: 9780674031753

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Spanning evolutionary science from its inception to its latest findings, from discoveries and data to philosophy and history, this book is the most complete, authoritative, and inviting one-volume introduction to evolutionary biology available. Clear, informative, and comprehensive in scope, Evolution opens with a series of major essays dealing with the

Overview

Spanning evolutionary science from its inception to its latest findings, from discoveries and data to philosophy and history, this book is the most complete, authoritative, and inviting one-volume introduction to evolutionary biology available. Clear, informative, and comprehensive in scope, Evolution opens with a series of major essays dealing with the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology, with major empirical and theoretical questions in the science, from speciation to adaptation, from paleontology to evolutionary development (evo devo), and concluding with essays on the social and political significance of evolutionary biology today.

A second encyclopedic section travels the spectrum of topics in evolution with concise, informative, and accessible entries on individuals from ­Aristotle and Linneaus to Louis Leakey and Jean Lamarck; from T. H. Huxley and E. O. Wilson to Joseph Felsenstein and Motoo Kimura; and on subjects from altruism and amphibians to evolutionary psychology and Piltdown Man to the Scopes trial and social Darwinism. Readers will find the latest word on the history and philosophy of evolution, the nuances of the science itself, and the intricate interplay among evolutionary study, religion, philosophy, and ­society.

Appearing at the beginning of the Darwin Year of 2009—the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species—this volume is a fitting tribute to the science Darwin set in motion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674031753
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1008
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.50(d)

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    Edward O. Wilson

  • Introduction

    Michael Ruse and Joseph Travis

  • The History of Evolutionary Thought

    Michael Ruse

  • The Origin of Life

    Jeffrey L. Bada and Antonio Lazcano

  • Paleontology and the History of Life

    Michael Benton

  • Adaptation

    Joseph Travis and David Reznick

  • Molecular Evolution

    Francisco J. Ayala

  • Evolution of the Genome

    Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

  • The Pattern and Process of Speciation

    Margaret B. Ptacek and Shala J. Hankison

  • Evolution and Development

    Gregory A. Wray

  • Social Behavior and Sociobiology

    Daniel I. Rubenstein

  • Human Evolution

    Henry M. McHenry

  • Evolutionary Biology of Disease

    Michael F. Antolin and Darwinian Medicine

  • Beyond the Darwinian Paradigm: Understanding Biological Forms

    Brian Goodwin

  • Philosophy of Evolutionary Thought

    Kim Sterelny

  • Evolution and Society

    Manfred D. Laubichler and Jane Maienschein

  • American Antievolutionism: Retrospect and Prospect

    Eugenie C. Scott

  • Alphabetical Guide
  • Contributors
  • Index

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