Darwin's Great Idea and Why It Matters

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NewSouth, Incorporated, Feb 1, 2013 - 58 pages
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This volume, excerpted from Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy (NewSouth Books, 2013), deals with society's continuing struggle with biological evolution. James Bradley writes for would-be teachers of evolution, their students, and others with minimal knowledge about evolution but with minds willing to seek. Calling upon thirty-five years of experience teaching about biological evolution and origin of life studies to university students, Bradley distills the overwhelming wealth of information about the topic into what he believes all citizens should know: what evolution is, what evolution is not, and why knowing about evolution matters. He suggests using Plato's Allegory of the Cave as a tool for preparing students to learn about evolution.

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James T. Bradley is Professor Emeritus in Biological Sciences at Auburn University. After studying biochemistry and cell and developmental biology at the Universities of Wisconsin and Washington, he moved to Auburn to teach cellular biology and direct graduate research on the biochemistry of insect eggs and embryos. He lives with his wife in Alabama where they show their grandchildren the wonders of nature through camping, fishing, gardening, and rockhounding.

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