ISBN-10:
1936221551
ISBN-13:
9781936221554
Pub. Date:
07/24/2015
Publisher:
Freeman, W. H. & Company
Evolution: Making Sense of Life / Edition 2

Evolution: Making Sense of Life / Edition 2

by Carl Zimmer, Douglas J. Emlen

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ISBN-13: 9781936221554
Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
Publication date: 07/24/2015
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 318,497
Product dimensions: 8.39(w) x 10.69(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The New York Times Book Review calls Carl Zimmer “as fine a science essayist as we have.” Zimmer is the author of ten books, including Parasite Rex, which the Los Angeles Times called “a book capable of changing how we see the world,” and Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, which Scientific American described as “as fine a book as one will find on the subject.” His 2009 textbook The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution, was named by Choice as an outstanding academic title of the year. Edward O. Wilson praised the book, saying, “The Tangled Bank is the best written and best illustrated introduction to evolution of the Darwin centennial decade, and also the most conversant with ongoing research. It is excellent for students, the general public, and even other biologists.” In addition to books, Zimmer also writes articles for the New York Times and magazines such as National Geographic, Scientific American, and Discover, where he is a contributing editor. His journalism has earned him numerous awards; he has won the National Academies Science Communication Award, and he is a two-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award. He lectures regularly at universities and museums and is a frequent guest on radio programs such as This American Life, and RadioLab.

Douglas J. Emlen is a professor at the University of Montana, where he conducts research on the evolution of animal development. After earning his Ph.D. at Princeton, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University before coming to Montana. Emlen’s research has earned him the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, multiple research awards from the National Science Foundation, including their five-year CAREER award, and a Young Investigator Prize by the American Society of Naturalists. Emlen’s research has been featured in outlets including The New York Times and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His book, Animal Weapons: The Stories Behind Nature's Most Extravagant Structures, will be published by Henry Holt in 2013.

 

Table of Contents

1. The Whale and the Virus: How Scientists Study Evolution

2. From Natural Philosophy to Darwin: A Brief History of Evolutionary Ideas

3. What the Rocks Say: How Geology and Paleontology Reveal the History of Life

4. The Tree of Life: How Biologists Use Phylogeny to Reconstruct the Deep Past

5. Raw Material: Heritable Variation among Individuals

6. The Ways of Change: Drift and Selection

7. Beyond Alleles: Quantitative Genetics and the Evolution of Phenotypes

8. Natural Selection: Empirical Studies in the Wild

9. The History in Our Genes

10. Adaptation: From Genes to Traits

11. Sex: Causes and Consequences

12. After Conception: The Evolution of Life History and Parental Care

13. The Origin of Species

14. Macroevolution: The Long Run

15. Intimate Partnership: How Species Adapt to Each Other

16. Minds and Microbes: The Evolution of Behavior

17. Human Evolution: A New Kind of Ape

18. Evolutionary Medicine

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