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Evolution! : facts and fallacies
Schopf, J. William, 1941-
Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 159 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
[Proceedings of the] "Evolution! Facts and Fallacies" symposium [held] on March 15, 1997, convened by the IGPP Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life (CSEOL) at the University of California, Los Angeles"--P. ix.
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Ever since Darwin coined his concept of survival of the fittest...descent with modification, evolution has been the focus of uncertainty and debate. In Evolution , noted experts including Stephen J. Gould, sort facts from fallacies by answering questions most often asked of Darwin's grand theory. Interwoven throughout is the broad theme of how science is done and the answer to the most crucial question of all: How can we be sure that science will uncover the truth? Written at an easily understandable, this book is accessible as well as entertaining to the general reader, high school, and college student. Features: * Contributors are key experts in the field and include Stephen J. Gould, author of Questioning the Millenium: A Rationalist's Guide to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown (Random House, 1997), Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin (Random House, 1997) and Bully the Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History (WW Norton & Co., 1992). * Topics covered include: * How does evolution work and how do we discover its rules? * How can life's history be traced through millions and billions of years? * Where are evolution's missing links and how do we hunt t

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Based on a March 1997 symposium honoring Carl Sagan, this volume covers facts and fallacies associated with evolution and provides insight as to what is and is not good science. Chapters discuss the evolution of life and its dating, missing links in the pattern of evolution, treatment of science in the mass media, breakthrough discoveries, and the question of whether Earth is the only place with life forms. The chapter on mass media, although well written and fascinating, seems a bit out of place in the volume. Each chapter includes a short list of recommended books and articles. All the material is well written and should be easily understood by a literate person. Illustrations are well chosen and consist of black-and-white photos or line drawings. The chapter on mass media includes some cartoons by the author. Detailed glossary. A useful resource for a community-based lecture-discussion series on the nature of science, for a seminar for lower-division undergraduate incoming science majors, or for an upper-division undergraduate nature of science seminar. L. T. Spencer; Plymouth State College