The Triumph of An Idea

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A companion volume to the PBS series chronicles the theory of evolution, from Darwin's Origin of the Species to the Human Genome Project and beyond. 100,000 first printing. (A seven-part WGBH/PBS televsion series, produced by Richard Hutton, airing Fall 2001)


In this dazzling companion volume to a seven&;part SBS series (airing November 2002), an award winning journalist collaborates with leading scholars in the life sciences (Stephen Jay Gould, Sarah Hrdy, Mary&;Claire King, Steven Pinker, etc.) to tell the compelling story of the theory of evolution starting with Darwin's seminal insights and ending with the cutting&;edge developments in 20th century science that have confirmed and extended his findings.

In this remarkable new book, a rich and up&;to&;date view of evolution is presented that explores the far&;reaching implications of Darwin's theory. In a world where species loss is escalating, there are growing pressures on food production and energy resources, and lethal antibiotic&;resistant diseases are running rampant, evolution becomes a way of grappling both with our planet's past and it's future.

At a time when controversies surrounding creationism and education are bursting into public consciousness, this book's emphasis on the power, significance, and relevance of evolution will make it a catalyst for public debate. EVOLUTION, the book and the series, marks a turning point in the 150&;year debate and will be an indispensable asset to any serious reader with an interest in the life sciences, a passion for truth in education, or a concern for the future of the planet.

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Chronicles the development and spread of the theory of evolution, from Darwin's "Origin of Species" to the Human Genome Project and beyond, and explains how the process works.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001
ISBN: 9780060199067
Branch Call Number: 576.8 Zim
Characteristics: xx, 364 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps


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Aug 28, 2010

This is an excellent introduction or review of the theory's basics. The book covers sufficient detail to supply a solid foundation. It supplies a range of evidence for evolutionary change in species without being boring.

Feb 25, 2010

Evolution is a fantastic view into a science shrouded in controversy. It delves into those troubled issues and in my opinion seems to come to the bottom of the debate, all the while providing a remarkably educational view of Darwin himself, and most importantly his theory of evolution. It was clearly written out, easy to understand, and enthralling to read.

Dec 18, 2009

This is the best book on evolution that I have come across. Excellent examples and so easy to read. I could hardly put this book down.

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