Evolution: The History of an Idea, 25th Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface

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Univ of California Press, Sep 8, 2009 - Science - 464 pages
Since its original publication in 1989, Evolution: The History of an Idea has been recognized as a comprehensive and authoritative source on the development and impact of this most controversial of scientific theories. This twentieth anniversary edition is updated with a new preface examining recent scholarship and trends within the study of evolution.
 

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Contents

ITS SCOPE AND IMPLICATIONS
1
THE PREEVOLUTIONARY WORLDVIEW
27
The Meaning of Fossils
35
The New Natural History
41
EVOLUTION IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT
48
The Origin of Society
54
The Chain of Being
62
The New Theories of Generation
71
First hybrid generation
265
Evolution SOCIETY AND CULTURE 18751925
274
3O Elliot Smiths tree of human evolution
279
The skull of Pithecanthropus
281
De Mortillets sequence of cultures
286
Evolution and Race
292
Darwinian and developmental views of race
295
Biological Determinism
307

The Materialists
81
NATURE AND SOCIETY 18001859
96
Catastrophism and Natural Theology in Britain
115
The Principle of Uniformity
129
Darwins Early Career
148
Development of the Theory 18401859
164
THE RECEPTION OF DARWINs THEORY
177
Evolution of the horse family
195
Darwinism and Design
202
Frontispiece to T H Huxleys Mans Place in Nature
209
Evolution and Progress
216
The Age of the Earth
234
Orthogenesis
247
Pangenesis and the germ plasm
254
Continuous variation and selection
258
Mendelism and the Mutation Theory
260
THE EVOLUTIONARY SYNTHESIS 3 25
325
The Modern Synthesis
333
The Origin of Life
339
O MODERN DEBATES AND DEVELOPMENTS
347
Patterns of evolution
365
Cladism and evolutionary classification
373
Cladograms and evolutionary trees
374
Bibliography
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Index
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About the author (2009)

Peter J. Bowler is Reader in the History of Science at Queen's University, Belfast, and is well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his books on the history of evolutionism.

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