Darwin: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byJonathan Howard

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Darwin's theory that our ancestors were apes caused a furore in the scientific world and outside it when The Origin of Species was published in 1859. Arguments still rage about the implications of his evolutionary theory, and scepticism about the value of Darwin's contribution to knowledge iswidespread. In this analysis of Darwin's major insights and arguments, Jonathan Howard reasserts the importance of Darwin's work for the development of modern biology.

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Darwin's theory that our ancestors were apes caused a furore in the scientific world and outside it when The Origin of Species was published in 1859. Arguments still rage about the implications of his evolutionary theory, and scepticism about the value of Darwin's contribution to knowledge iswidespread. In this analysis of Darwin's maj...

Jonathan Howard was Head of the Department of Immunology at the Babraham Institute, near Cambridge, and is now Professor of Cell Genetics at the Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany. He is a fellow of the Royal Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.35 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Illustrations1. Darwin's life2. The foundations of Darwinism3. Natural selection and the origin of species4. The evidence for evolution by natural selection5. Sex, variation, and heredity6. Man7. Perfection and progress8. Darwinism and ideology9. Darwin as a scientist: an evaluationFurther ReadingIndex

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`Jonathan Howard has produced an intellectual tour de force, a classic in the genre of popular scientific exposition which will still be read in fifty years' time.'Times Literary Supplement