Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: A Basic Guide to the Facts in the Evolution Debate

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Stanford University Press, 1990 - Science - 198 pages
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This clear, candid, and generously illustrated book is written for the open-minded reader who does not understand the technical issues of evolution, but would like to, who sees everywhere the signs of a bitter political, philosophical, and educational debate, but does not know what to make of it or who to believe. It tells how science proceeds, what evolution is, how science knows that it has occurred and continues to occur, and what biologists can point to, in fossils and in the living world, as hard evidence of evolution. For its content and foundations, the book draws on zoology, botany, genetics, embryology, geology, geophysics, cosmology, astronomy, astrophysics, history, religion, and science education - everything expressed with a clarity that enables the general reader without a science background, as well as high school students and their teachers, to understand the argument.
 

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Covers some of the mountains of data that supports evolutionary theory and the cultural opposition that the idea encounters in the US. The book was short on direct replies to common arguments brought up by creationists. Read full review

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Contents

What is Evolution? i
1
Geologic Time and the Fossil Record
31
The Explanatory Power of Evolution
52
The Evolution of Life and the Rise of Humans
70
Science Religion Politics Law and Education
120
Appendix A Chromosomes Genes and Genetic Variation
147
Appendix B A Chronology of Charles Darwin
156
Glossary
163
Further Reading
179
Index 189
191
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About the author (1990)

An educator, zoologist, and author, Tim Martin Berra was born in 1943, earned a B.S. from St. Louis University in 1965, an M.S. in 1967 from Tulane University, and a Ph.D., also from Tulane, in 1969. Berra's career has been influenced by the writings of American naturalist and explorer William Beebe. His first book was the compilation, William Beebe: An Annotated Bibliography, published in 1977. Berra's next book, An Atlas of Distribution of the Freshwater Fish Families of the World, is a significant contribution to the field of zoogeography, the study of the geographic distribution of animals. His most important contribution so far has been the controversial Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: A Basic Guide to the Facts in the Evolution Debate. Berra obtained a Fulbright Fellowship in 1969 and again in 1979 that allowed extensive travel in Australia and provided the background for his editorship of the lavishly illustrated, A Natural History of Australia, published in 1998. Berra has been a senior tutor at the University of Papua New Guinea, a research associate at Western Australian Museum, and a visiting professor at the University of Concepcion in Chile and the University of Otago in New Zealand. A member of the zoology faculty at Ohio State University since 1972, Berra is Professor Emeritus at the Mansfield campus. Berra resides in Bellville, Ohio.

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