Evolution: The History of an Idea

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1989 - Evolution - 432 pages
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Peter J. Bowler's comprehensive, fascinating account of the history of evolutionary theories introduces specialist and nonspecialist alike to one of the most potent scientific ideas of modern times. This new edition is updated in its content and includes an augmented bibliography that offers an unparalleled guide to further reading. As in the original edition, Bowler's even-handed approach not only clarifies the history of his controversial subject but also adds significantly to our understanding of contemporary debates over it. The idea of evolution continues to evolve.
 

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In Evolution: The History of an Idea, Peter J. Bowler examines the historiography about evolution, synthesizing the work in a form that he intends as an undergraduate textbook. Bower begins with a ... Read full review

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Contents

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EVOLUTION IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT
50
CHANGING VIEWS OF MAN AND NATURE
90
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THE ORIGINS OF DARWINISM
151
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RELIGIOUS AND MORAL PROBLEMS
218
THE ECLIPSE OF DARWINISM
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
365
INDEX
423
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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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