Evolution

Evolution : Making Sense of Life

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Science writer Carl Zimmer and evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen have produced a thoroughly revised new edition of their widely praised evolution textbook. Emlen, an award-winning evolutionary biologist at the University of Montana, has infused Evolution: Making Sense of Life with the technical rigor and conceptual depth that today's biology majors require. Zimmer, an award-winning New York Times columnist, brings compelling storytelling to the book, bringing evolutionary research to life.



Students will learn the fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory, such as natural selection, genetic drift, phylogeny, and coevolution. The book also drives home the relevance of evolution for disciplines ranging from conservation biology to medicine. With riveting stories about evolutionary biologists at work everywhere from the Arctic to tropical rainforests to hospital wards, the book is a reading adventure designed to grab the imagination of students, showing them exactly why it is that evolution makes such brilliant sense of life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 25.4mm | 1,542.21g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 752 p.
  • 1936221551
  • 9781936221554
  • 33,793

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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""Exciting" is a word not often used to describe a new textbook. But by using powerful examples, beautiful images, and finely wrought prose, Zimmer and Emlen have produced a book that not only conveys the explanatory power of evolution, but is also permeated with the joy of doing science. Their text can only be described as an exciting moment for our field: it is an important accomplishment for our students and for evolutionary biology at large." Neil Shubin, University of Chicago "I think my students will be genuinely more at ease with their reading assignments and more able to assimilate and retain information from this text. The authors use their expert narrative skills to focus on the big conceptual ideas, which is what matters most in my students' long-term education." Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Stonehill College "Exciting"is a word not often used to describe a new textbook. But by using powerful examples, beautiful images, and finely wrought prose, Zimmer and Emlen have produced a book that not only conveys the explanatory power of evolution, but is also permeated with the joy of doing science. Their text can only be described as an exciting moment for our field: it is an important accomplishment for our students and for evolutionary biology at large. Neil Shubin, University of Chicago" I think my students will be genuinely more at ease with their reading assignments and more able to assimilate and retain information from this text. The authors use their expert narrative skills to focus on the big conceptual ideas, which is what matters most in my students long-term education. Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Stonehill College" "Zimmer is the master of taking current primary literature and making it come alive. Mathew J. Miller, Villanova University"
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About Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer is one of the country's leading science writers. A columnist for The New York Times and a regular contributor to magazines such as Scientific American and National Geographic, he is the author of thirteen books, including The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution and A Planet of Viruses. Zimmer is a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches science writing. He is a three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award and the winner of the National Academies Communication Award. In 2015, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Douglas J. Emlen is a professor at the University of Montana. He is the recipient of 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 and the E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists. He is the author of Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle and his research has been featured in outlets including the New York Times and National Public Radio's Fresh Air and Science Friday.
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