Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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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 is widespread. 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 108 x 172 x 10mm | 117.93g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones and drawings
  • 0192854542
  • 9780192854544
  • 359,971

About Jonathan Howard

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.show more

Table of contents

List of Illustrations ; 1. Darwin's life ; 2. The foundations of Darwinism ; 3. Natural selection and the origin of species ; 4. The evidence for evolution by natural selection ; 5. Sex, variation, and heredity ; 6. Man ; 7. Perfection and progress ; 8. Darwinism and ideology ; 9. Darwin as a scientist: an evaluation ; Further Reading ; Indexshow more

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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 *show more

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