Darwin's ghost: The origin of species updated

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Random House, 2000 - Science - 377 pages
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Charles Darwin's masterpiece,The Origin of Species, is probably the best-known, least-read book. Un-questionably one of the most important achievements of the millennium, its publication in 1859 caused a sensation, because it forced mankind to see itself as part of the animal world--a notion that hundreds of millions still deny. Darwin's theory of common descent did for biology what Galileo did for astronomy: made it into a single science rather than a collection of unrelated facts. Those facts, however, are now a century and a half old, as areThe Origin's illustrative examples and Victorian prose style. Writing as "Darwin's ghost," the well-known geneticist Steve Jones has drawn on our ever-expanding scientific knowledge and the brilliant logic set out inThe Originto restate evolution's case for the twenty-first century. Jones has been called "the British Carl Sagan" because of his prominence as a popularizer of science. Using contemporary examples--the AIDS virus, the rules of the American Kennel Club, the sheep who never forget a face and the garbage that floats in the Pacific--he shows the power and imme-diacy of Darwin's great argument. Filled with anec-dotes, humor and the very latest research,Darwin's Ghostis a popular, readable and comprehensive account of the science that makes life make sense.

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Review: Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated

User Review  - Monthly Book Group - Goodreads

This is an updating of the "The Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin published in 1859. The book has a particularly gripping beginning in its sections on the AIDS virus, and on the domestication of ... Read full review

Review: Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated

User Review  - Jack Dixon - Goodreads

Darwin's Ghost was Darwin's own book updated with new findings and proof of the findings. Evolution is one of many of Darwin's theories, and through his book Origin Of Species , Darwin explained ... Read full review


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Steve Jones is the Professor of Genetics at University College London. He regularly appears on British TV and radio, and wrote and presented a hugely successful BBC TV series called In the Blood. His previous books include The Language of Genes, winner of the prestigious Rhône-Poulenc Science Book Prize. He lives in London.

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