Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life

Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life

by Adam Gopnik
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Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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reads like a text book, difficult to get into. disappointing
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Guides: 0 Views: Helpful Votes: 0 Customer Images: 1 Community Features . Review Discussion Boards . Top Reviewers Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Your Profile. Public Reviews Written by You Show: Most recent reviews Most recent comments Page: 1 Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life by Adam Gopnik Edition: Hardcover Price: $16.47 Availability: In Stock 37 used & new from $13.00 Angels and Ages: Update, August 13, 2009 This book nicely illuminates two pivotal 19C figures, characterizing Lincoln as pragmatic and plain-spoken, Darwin, the ultimate keen observer. Considering the North's industrialization and disapproval of the South's selling cotton to England, and, above all, the slavery issue, the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation probably would have occurred with ot without Lincoln. But he started a school of self-expression that moved away from Henry James and toward the eventual Ernest Hemmingway. As Gropnik makes clear, however, Darwin revolutionized human thought. Here's the latest, for those who love Darwin: A toothy amphibian with keen hearing represents a missing link that at last settles a debate over the origin of frogs and salamanders. A Texan fossil, Gerobatrachus hottoni ("Hotton's elder frog") from around 300 million years ago, proves that some modern amphibians, frogs, and salamanders evolved from one group of ancient primitive amphibians called temnospondyls, some of which were up to 1.5 feet long. More news: scientists in Canada's Arctichave discovered a "missing link" in the early evolution of seals and walruses - the skeleton of a web-footed, otter-like creature that was evolving away from a life on land. Developing flippers, etc. The 23 million-year-old creature was not a direct ancestor of today's seals, sea lions and walruses, more like a branch of the family tree. But it does show what an early direct ancestor looked like. You've heard of Richard the Lion Hearted, but di you know that giant lions once roamed the world alongside tigers and jaguars? As recently as 13,000 years ago , the British Isles, Europe, and North America had cats that weighed about the same amount as a small car. If only Darwin were alive, I'd forward this so fast. He would particularly appreciate the elegance of the frog reasoning. Here in my Sausalito forest overlooking the water, I'm dreaming of those huge cats. What marvels they must have been. But other evolution news, like the fate of the wooly mammoths, depresses me,. Today, the rate of species extinction now is expotentially faster than any time in history. Weather? People can certainly die from heat, though today's climate change seems erratic, since some parts of the globe are cooling. The good thing is that you take the same preventive measures for climate control, whether it's heat or chill. Readers, have you seen the movie "Winged Migration?" If not, DVD time. It's magnificent. Sadly, heat, chill, and man are altering the markers for the migrating flocks, which the movie doesn't preach about, but it worries me . Love cash for clunkers (even though the cars will all sell in SA, thus retaining the present carbon print) but dislike the windmill lobby. Those contraptions slaughter 100s of thousnads of birds. Did you know Neanderthals, freckled redheads, were overrun (like the Europ
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IT INTRODUCES CONCEPTS WHICH SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH.
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jay48 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book that makes tendacious, specious arguements condescending to people of faith, this is a good choice. I've enjoyed some of Gropnik's other work, even though he makes his atheism known. But this was just a supercilious piece of drivel that unfortunately didn't show its true intent until I was far enough into it to decide to choke through the last hundred pages or so. He attempts to make Lincoln out to be agnostic at best, and athiest likely. Of all the histories I've read on our 16th president, this is the first time I was exposed to this arguement. Reading Lincoln's most famous speeches, this is a really hard pill to swallow.