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Icons of Evolution [Two Volumes] [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of People, Evidence, and Controversies

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Students and the general public are frequently confronted with contradictory and confusing claims about the people, ideas, and artifacts that were essential in the development of the science of evolution. Where can they find accurate and understandable information on these important concepts? Icons of Evolution comprises twenty-four in-depth essays on the most famous ideas, artifacts, people and places of evolutionary biology. Dinosaurs, Neanderthals, Charles Darwin, peppered moths, carbon dating, the fossil ...

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Overview

Students and the general public are frequently confronted with contradictory and confusing claims about the people, ideas, and artifacts that were essential in the development of the science of evolution. Where can they find accurate and understandable information on these important concepts? Icons of Evolution comprises twenty-four in-depth essays on the most famous ideas, artifacts, people and places of evolutionary biology. Dinosaurs, Neanderthals, Charles Darwin, peppered moths, carbon dating, the fossil record, and more, are explained by some of the most respected scientists, historians, and philosophers of evolution in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"As with other entries in the series, the articles in these three volumes feature a nice mix of scholarly excellence and great reading appeal. The editor/authors were chosen for their breadth of knowledge, and much care was taken to present the topics in a way that provides context. Expect to find a time line of significant events, followed by entries with essential historical data and a legacy discussion pointing out the significance of the icon to the genre. Signed articles are accompanied by further reading and interspersed with chronologies and interesting sidebars. These sets are excellent for students requiring authoritative studies yet popular enough in writing style to allow for leisure reading. Recommended as solid encyclopedias of important figures, so purchase as interest warrants for school, public, and college library reference collections."

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Library Journal

"Packed in these volumes are essays describing the highlights of evolution. Written by a mix of different authors, the text is informative and challenging reading. Further reading is listed at the end of each essay, with a lengthy bibliography at the end of Volume 2. Text boxes are found within several articles. . . . This set will be useful in public and academic libraries and in high schools where more information on evolution is needed."

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Booklist

". . . excellent pair of volumes . . . honest, diverse, interesting, and designed to show the complexities of the scientific enterprise . . . . The best chapter is probably the detailed analysis of the famous peppered moth experiments, followed closely by useful articles on dinosaurs (and how they are often misunderstood), the dinosaur-bird Archaeopteryx, and the horse fossil series. The articles on Radiometric Dating and Cladistics are models of clear prose, which could easily be used to teach the topics to undergraduates. Icons of Evolution holds its own as an introduction to some of the most interesting aspects of evolutionary theory and history. It will be most useful, however, as a resource for those lonely soldiers on the frontlines of science education who find themselves besieged by pseudoscientific claims that evolution is a failing concept. The candor of these volumes is refreshing, showing evolutionary studies to be a dynamic, human science that produces astonishing insights about our world and our places in it. This work is highly recommended for all libraries."

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ARBA

"It is a good toolbox to deal with Intelligent Design and will be particularly valuable in the USA. It is also a good introduction to aspects of evolution. . . . on the whole good interesting reading and schools and public libraries should consider having a copy. Those interested in the history and social and philosophical aspects of biological knowledge will find this a good collection of essays with many useful references."

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Reference Reviews

Library Journal

Greenwood's "Icons" series continues with two new volumes in the history of music and another exploring the field of evolution study, joining a growing list of Icon sets that range in coverage from business, horror, and hip-hop to forthcoming titles on the American West and sports. Greenwood bills their sets as "best-of" retrospectives, covering highlights within each topic. In keeping with the theme of icons, chosen subjects embody the essential characteristics and have contributed to furtherance of the topic. The methodology is the same across encyclopedias, with entries arranged chronologically so that the ideas build from historical origins to present-day performers or practitioners.

As with other entries in the series, the articles in these three volumes feature a nice mix of scholarly excellence and great reading appeal. The editor/authors were chosen for their breadth of knowledge, and much care was taken to present the topics in a way that provides context. Biographies include a black-and-white photo, and the topical set on evolution is sprinkled with relevant illustrations. Expect to find a time line of significant events, followed by entries with essential historical data and a legacy discussion pointing out the significance of the icon to the genre. Signed articles are accompanied by further reading and interspersed with chronologies and interesting sidebars.
—Kelli Perkins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313339110
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Greenwood Icons Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN REGAL is a historian who teaches the history of science at Kean University, New Jersey. His work centers on fringe notions, anomalous beliefs, dubious ideas and the people who propagate and study them. He has written on eugenics, racial anthropology, and creationism and their relationship to evolution studies, society and culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    Antidote for foolishness

    This two volume work includes chapters by an astonishing array of some of the most respected historians and scientists of evolution alive today! They write in an engaging style that makes even the most obtuse aspects of eviolutionary theory easy to understand. The book makes a perfect antidote to all the claims of anti-evolutionists. I especially liked the chapters on Horse fossils and monkey trials.

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