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The Theory of Evolution: What It Is, Where…

The Theory of Evolution: What It Is, Where It Came From, and Why It Works

by Cynthia L. Mills

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This introduction to evolution is a tad simplistic, written at the level of approximately a high school reader. It also spends very little time on why it works, which is part of the subtitle, and does not give much of the evidence. In fact, it spends most of the time on Darwin, then follows up a bit with how the theory has been misused to support regressive policies, and the controversies (which are interesting but covered too superficially to add much to the discussion). While I suppose it is important to have a book written at this simpler level than most evolution books are, I think this one misses the mark more than hits it. ( )
  Devil_llama | Jul 13, 2015 |
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Everything mammals ever wanted to know about the theory of evolution-but were afraid to ask
This important new book by award-winning science writer Cynthia Mills clearly explains one of the most crucial, and most misunderstood, concepts of modern science-the theory of evolution. After examining Darwin, his precursors, and how the theory of evolution developed, Mills answers key questions, including: How successful is the theory at explaining the natural world, and what does it fail to explain? What are some of the competing ideas and theories about the origin of the species? How will the theory of evolution likely hold up over time, as our understanding of genetics grows?
Cynthia L. Mills (Portland, OR) is an award-winning science writer and veterinarian. Her article "Breeding and Discontents," originally published in The Sciences, was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2001, guest-edited by E. O. Wilson. Also in the same series: The Big Bang Theory (0-471-39452-1) by Karen C. Fox

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"A lightning rod for more than a century, the subject of evolution continues to be a highly volatile one. Just as Charles Darwin's remarkable announcement generated a venomous response, here in the twenty-first century the theory of evolution is still frequently greeted with alarm, ridicule, and denial. Yet, it has managed to persevere, taking on a life of its own and holding steadfast against attack." "This new book by science writer Cynthia Mills clearly explains one of the most crucial - and most misunderstood - explanatory theories of modern science. She examines how the theory arose, how it "evolved," and why it is successful at explaining how life is perpetuated, in all its varied forms. Taking a historical approach, Mills begins with Enlightenment-era explanations for the origins of life, introducing the early scientists and philosophers who had the greatest influence on Darwin's thinking. She then examines Darwin's seminal work and later elaborations."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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