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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought,9780521195317
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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought



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This volume is a comprehensive reference work on the life, labors and influence of the great evolutionist Charles Darwin. With more than sixty essays written by an international group representing the leading scholars in the field, this is the definitive work on Darwin. It covers the background to Darwin's discovery of the theory of evolution through natural selection, the work he produced and his contemporaries' reactions to it, and evaluates his influence on science in the 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species. It also explores the implications of Darwin's discoveries in religion, politics, gender, literature, culture, philosophy and medicine, critically evaluating Darwin's legacy. Fully illustrated and clearly written, it is suitable for scholars and students as well as the general reader. The wealth of information it provides about the history of evolutionary thought makes it a crucial resource for understanding the controversies that surround evolution today.

Table of Contents

Ancient Greece
Evolution before Darwin
Darwin, geology
Paleontology, evidence
Darwin, the route to discovery
Darwin and taxonomy
Darwin and the barnacles
Artificial selection and natural selection
The Origin of Species
Sexual selection
Darwin and species
Darwin and heredity
Darwin and flowers
Early mimicry and adaptation
Six editions of origin
Alf Wallace
Darwin and humans
Darwin and morality
Social Darwinism
Darwin and the levels of selection
Darwin and religion
Post-Darwin: United Kingdom
Post-Darwin: America
Post-Darwin: Germany
Post-Darwin: France to 1900
Post-Darwin: China
Post-Darwin: South America
Botany, early history
Population genetics
Synthetic theory
Ecological genetics
Post-Darwin: France post 1900
Botany, later history
Origin of life
Mimicry and camouflage
Tree of life
Paleontology, interpretations
Darwin and geography
Darwin and the finches
Evo devo
Evolutionary ecology
Darwin and molecular biology
Darwinian expansions
Language today
Cultural evolution
Religion, Protestantism
Creationism history
Religion, Catholicism
Religion, Jewish
Religion, Islam
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