- Paperback: 423 pages
- Publisher: Leighton Academic Press; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0954358902
- ISBN-13: 978-0954358907
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,698,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evolution Under the Microscope: A Scientific Critique of the Theory of Evolution Paperback – October 1, 2002
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Swift reveals the surprising amount of variation in a population which can result from the processes of gene mixing and separation, even to the extent of a population diverging into separate `species'. There is substantial, documented evidence that this form of evolution (which some call `micro-evolution') happens. Swift's presentation is helpful, because it identifies considerable common ground which objective evolutionists and non-evolutionists can agree on. (It so happens that practically all the commonly quoted examples of evolution in its broadest sense turn out to be cases of micro-evolution, including Darwin's finches, peppered moths and resistance to antibiotics.)
The real controversy, of course, is whether genuinely new genetic material can be generated in an evolutionary way by mutations (`macro-evolution'). Swift looks at this in terms of molecular biology, and insists on investigating how the various macromolecules necessary for life in the cell could have evolved.Read more ›
The author quite effectively explains the main problem with current evolution theory - the production of new genetic material to generate the biochemical apparatus needed to generate new morphological structures. He also gives
an excellent treatment of the origin of life problem and the deficiencies of the current evolutionary explanations.
I especially hope that this book is read by biologists since it also is quite free of the polemics that one finds in many other books on both sides of this topic.
In the first few chapters the author gives a concise overview over the history of natural science and the involvement of the church, including it's misconceptions.
He then summarizes the development of the idea of evolution, which culminates in Darwin's theory of mutation and selection. All the arguments for evolution are made, to a point that I was wondering why I bought the book. Arguments that are made in biology textbooks for decades are repeated so that this book seems not to fulfill itﾕs promise 'to make a distinctive and valuable contribution' and that the author would 'expose funcamental flaws in the overall theory of evolution'.
But in the second half of the book this masterpiece of an analytical mind shows that it is well worth it's price.
It is awesome to read how, one by one, the 'convincing arguments' for evolution are analyzed and shown to be flawed. Especially the recent new findings in cell biology and genetics shows the impossibility of complex live to have evolved from 'simple' cells. The author also dips briefly into the issue of prebiotic evolution, debunking the common perception that, given enough time, self-replicating molecules could have risen spontaneously.
The authors shows that evolution of living matter from non-living matter could not have occured.
I just wish the author had dealt in more detail about Popper and science philosophy in general.
There are many books where you cannot wait to finish it early, so that you might know the outcome.
This book is different. The closer I came to the last chapter, the slower I read. I didnﾕt want to finish this book - I wanted to continue to read more about the facts behind the theory of evolution.
Great piece, with deep insight - a lot of biological and chemistry facts - written in easy to understand English for the scientific layperson, who is interested in evolution
This has got to be one of the most clear and precise book on the history and science of evolution to date, and Mr Swift's challenge to the science community is, are all the facts there?
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Perceptive critique of evolution from a genetic perspective, lots of examples.Published 1 day ago by Whitlox Homestead
This book surveys the incredible wonders of nature that are revealed by modern biochemistry and the electron microscope. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Perry Marshall
I've been watching the whole ID/evolution debate for several years now, and am quite impressed by David Swift's presentation in this volume: It is a top-notch showcase for normal... Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by MarcusT
Review. Swift, David W. 2002. Evolution under the microscope. Stirling University Innovation Park: Leighton Academic Press. Read morePublished on October 2, 2008 by James Marshall
Large italic print on the back cover of this book claims that it contains:
"A clearly-written presentation of a major problem with evolution"
Most of the book... Read more
While the spirit of this book is quite similar to "Darwin's Black Box", the well-connected web of facts goes much deeper. Read morePublished on September 2, 2005 by Hibernating Hummingbird
Ok, I do think criticism is important. I think all scientific ideas must be continually criticized and be subjected to increasingly stronger checks for their validity. Read morePublished on December 7, 2004 by Adrian Antonio Garda