What Is the Theory of Evolution?

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Shaping Modern Science explores some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time and the people and events behind them. Fascinating stories reveal the difficulties scientists faced as they challenged existing beliefs and worked to advance scientific understanding.

Charles Darwin is known as the father of evolutionary biology. What Is the Theory of Evolution? examines not only Darwin's research methods and data gathering during his extensive voyages, but also the ...

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Overview

Shaping Modern Science explores some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time and the people and events behind them. Fascinating stories reveal the difficulties scientists faced as they challenged existing beliefs and worked to advance scientific understanding.

Charles Darwin is known as the father of evolutionary biology. What Is the Theory of Evolution? examines not only Darwin's research methods and data gathering during his extensive voyages, but also the scientific theories that influenced the development of his theory. This fascinating account relates the controversies that developed at the time of the publication of Darwin's theory of natural selection-a debate that continues today.

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Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
What if your life's work involved developing a theory about a subject that ran contrary to what most people believed? What if it inspired a controversy that continues for decades? Such was the contribution of Charles Darwin, in his work on evolution. Joining other scientists who worked on classifying organisms (Carl Linnaeus), theorized about gene inheritance (Jean-Baptiste Lamarck), and identified recessive and dominant traits (Mendel), Darwin closed in on a theory about how different life forms develop over time. From early Greek thinkers to cloning, the men and ideas that defined our modern understanding of evolution are presented. This book features succinct text supported by color photographs and dynamic graphics. Sidebars, offset in contrasting colors, add relevant details to the text on the page. "Quick Facts," shown within the image of a magnifying glass, add one- to three-sentence summaries of interesting, related information. This book from the "Shaping Modern Science" series closes with a timeline, a glossary, a list of books and websites titled "For More Information," and an index. It would be a good addition to a middle or high school science class or library. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
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Gr 5–8—Scientific theories and laws are thoroughly defined and put into context with plenty of background and historical knowledge. Readers will find enough information to appreciate the many scientific advances that we enjoy today and see the potential for future progress. These titles are not only written and organized well, but they are also gorgeous in design. Full-color photographs and illustrations are set over colorful backgrounds that add depth but not distraction. Each title includes thought-provoking quotes from famous authors and scientists and some eyebrow-raising "Quick Facts" throughout.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778772057
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/10/2010
  • Series: Shaping Modern Science
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 806,697
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is the Theory of Evolution? 4

Chapter 1 The Facts About Fossils 8

Chapter 2 Evolutionary Theory Takes Shape 16

Chapter 3 Darwin's Journey Begins 24

Chapter 4 A Reaction to Darwinism 30

Chapter 5 Breaking Down a Theory 36

Chapter 6 Life on Earth 44

Chapter 7 What's New in Evolution 50

Timeline 58

Glossary 60

For More Information 63

Index 64

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