The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought

Editat de Michael Ruse
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This volume is a comprehensive reference work on the life, labors and influence of the great evolutionist Charles Darwin. With more than sixty essays written by an international group representing the leading scholars in the field, this is the definitive work on Darwin. It covers the background to Darwin's discovery of the theory of evolution through natural selection, the work he produced and his contemporaries' reactions to it, and evaluates his influence on science in the 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species. It also explores the implications of Darwin's discoveries in religion, politics, gender, literature, culture, philosophy and medicine, critically evaluating Darwin's legacy. Fully illustrated and clearly written, it is suitable for scholars and students as well as the general reader. The wealth of information it provides about the history of evolutionary thought makes it a crucial resource for understanding the controversies that surround evolution today.
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ISBN-13: 9780521195317
ISBN-10: 0521195314
Pagini: 583
Ilustrații: 337 b/w illus. 52 colour illus.
Dimensiuni: 222 x 286 x 44 mm
Greutate: 1.97 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Cambridge University Press
Colecția Cambridge University Press
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Preface; Introduction; 1. Ancient Greece Jeremy Kirby; 2. Evolution before Darwin Michael Ruse; 3. Darwin, geology David Norman; 4. Paleontology, evidence Paul Brinkman; 5. Darwin, the route to discovery Jon Hodge; 6. Darwin and taxonomy Mary P. Winsor; 7. Darwin and the barnacles Marsha Richmond; 8. Artificial selection and natural selection Bert Theunissen; 9. The Origin of Species Michael Ruse; 10. Sexual selection Richard Richards; 11. Darwin and species James Mallet; 12. Darwin and heredity Robert Olby; 13. Time Keith Bennett; 14. Darwin and flowers Rich Bellon; 15. Early mimicry and adaptation William Kimler and Michael Ruse; 16. Chance John Beatty; 17. Teleology Jim Lennox; 18. Six editions of origin Thierry Hoquet; 19. Alf Wallace John van Wyhe; 20. Darwin and humans Greg Radick; 21. Language Stephen G. Alter; 22. Darwin and morality Eric Charmetant; 23. Social Darwinism Naomi Beck; 24. Darwin and the levels of selection Brian Hollis, Dan Deen and Chris Zarpentine; 25. Darwin and religion Mark Pallen and Alison Pearn; 26. Post-Darwin: United Kingdom Peter Bowler; 27. Post-Darwin: America Mark Largent; 28. Post-Darwin: Germany Bob Richards; 29. Post-Darwin: France to 1900 Jean Gayon; 30. Post-Darwin: China Haiyan Yang; 31. Post-Darwin: South America Thomas F. Glick; 32. Botany, early history Dawn Digrius; 33. Population genetics Michael Ruse; 34. Synthetic theory Joe Cain; 35. Ecological genetics David Rudge; 36. Post-Darwin: France post 1900 Jean Gayon; 37. Botany, later history Betty Smocovitis; 38. Origin of life Iris Fry; 39. Testing Steve Orzack; 40. Mimicry and camouflage Joe Travis; 41. Tree of life Joel Velasco; 42. Sociobiology Mark Borrello; 43. Paleontology, interpretations David Sepkoski; 44. Darwin and geography David Livingstone; 45. Darwin and the finches Fritz Davis; 46. Evo devo Manfred Laubichler and Jane Maienschein; 47. Evolutionary ecology Jack Justus; 48. Environment David Steffes; 49. Darwin and molecular biology Francisco Ayala; 50. Darwinian expansions David Depew and Bruce Weber; 51. Paleoanthropology Jesse Richmond; 52. Language today Barbara J. King; 53. Cultural evolution Ken Reisman; 54. Literature Gowan Dawson; 55. Gender Georgina Montgomery; 56. Philosophy-epistemology Tim Lewens; 57. Philosophy-ethics Richard Joyce; 58. Religion, Protestantism Diarmid Finnegan; 59. Creationism history Ron Numbers; 60. Religion, Catholicism John Haught; 61. Religion, Jewish Marc Swetlitz; 62. Religion, Islam Martin Riexinger; 63. Medicine Tatjana Buklijas and Peter Gluckman.


'… this volume contains a wealth of information about both Darwin and evolutionary thought. Editor Ruse is known in the field of science writing for his work on Darwinism, evolution, and religion … The volume features many full-color plates of images, such as political cartoons, botanical drawings, and Darwin's original sketches/notes. Not many similar books are available … This new encyclopedia mostly will appeal to historians of science and those with a particular interest in the life story and impact of Darwin, though it could also serve as a primer on the basics of natural selection for undergraduates … Recommended …' K. M. Sheffield, Choice
'I read only a sample of essays, especially those on topics more unfamiliar to me, and found myself educated at almost every turn … [an] outstanding source book, which should be in every university library and on many an instructor's or scholar's bookshelf.' Douglas J. Futuyma, The Quarterly Review of Biology
'… important and ponderous …' Bionieuws
'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought can infect one with enthusiasm to learn about the era and the man; and when one will have finished reading the book one will have probably acquired the authors' knowledge and thrill about one of the greatest ideas in Western civilization: evolution.' Kostas Kampourakis, Science and Education
'… this will be a valuable com­pendium which will serve as a serious and comprehensive reference tool even in as crowded a field as that of Darwin studies.' Philippa Levine, Victorian Studies
'This monumental work - intended to be a definitive reference on the topic - includes 60 essays by leading scholars examining Darwin's life, labours, ideas (and contemporaries reactions to them), plus his influence on virtually all our cultural and scientific underpinnings.' Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star