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Evolution: Society, Science and the Universe (Darwin College Lectures) Paperback – December 18, 2006

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  • Series: Darwin College Lectures (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521032172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521032179
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.4 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,264,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a of the book's main strengths...the book's principal lesson, that the concept of evolution is strong, far-reaching, and fruitful (despite being much misunderstood)." Neil A. Wells, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"There are apparently eight other books in this series...this book was such fun that now I want to read them all." Neil A. Wells, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"With contributors [including] Freeman Dyson, Lewis Wolpert and Stephen J. Gould, Fabian's book reaffirms my view that the best researchers and scientists often make the best science writers: no exaggerated claims, no mysterious theories of everything, no ying and yang. Just a joy to read." Mark Pagel, Nature

"...for anyone interested in evolutionary ideas. Recommended for academic readers at all levels." Choice

Book Description

Cutting across boundaries of art and science, evolution is a fundamental process that has beguiled thinkers through the ages. Now Darwin's ideas pervade all manner of disciplines from sociology to cosmology. This collection draws together world renowned thinkers and communicators with their own intriguing insights. In these essays they offer a feast of dazzling thoughts and ideas to challenge and enthrall the reader. The breadth of interest ranges from biologist Stephen Jay Gould on the evolution of evolution to Gillian Beer on the evolution of the novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In this slim volume is a gathering of eight enlightening essays that have, as their thematic nexus, the concept of evolution. The contributors have written on evolution in terms of: biology and its historical roots (an essay that brought me back to a unique course I took in my freshman year at Harpur College SUNY); devolopment of the embryo; human history since the last ice age; the city; developmental biology and the emergence of human capacities; the novel; the cosmos; and the unfolding, tool-driven revolutionary birth of science. This is informative intellectual thinking at its best. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Gerry Stern, founding partner, Stern & Associates and InfoCenter.
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