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Great book on Evolution,
This review is from: The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul (Hardcover)
I have read many books on the evolution theory and this is by far the best written and the most easily understandable.
This book is food for the hungry curious mind if one wants to learn how evolution has evolved since Darwin's theory in 1859. It introduces us to the world of scientists and their way of expressing skepticism about claims made by other scientists. As Richard Morris said that is the only way that science can progress.
I really enjoyed the details concerning the herd of elephant overrunning the world in no more than a few thousand years if all of the offspring lived to maturity. Or better the story of the brainworm, a parasite infecting sheeps, eaten by snails, whose mucus worm larvae is eaten by ants, who then crawl up a stem of grass, and wait there patiently until a sheep makes a feast with it. What about the species of ants which makes slaves, others maintain fungus farms and some other "milk" their owns. Why do you help your neighbor or give money to the homeless, why does the house sparrow have a different wingspan depending on where they live,
What about the story of Mendel and his peas? Did you know that Mendel was an Austrian monk who discovered the genetic inheritance before Darwin?
Richard Morris introduces us slowly to the evolution theory' scientific terms, which for a layman are very inspiring: Do you know what a spandrel is? What is the Wason Selection Task? The Cambrian era? What is Dr. Kettelwell experiment with moths and his findings? Who are the parents of the mule? What is a hinny and who are its parents? What is a tetrapod? Why are the same bones seen in the leg of a frog, in the wing of a bat and in the arm and hand of a human being? How new scientific disciplines like complexity theory and evolutionary psychology have emerged? Everything about the fossils creation, the radioactive dating and all the function of DNA and much more are explained.
As Richard Morris said: "The essence of science, after all is questioning, not the creation of rigid theories that have hardened into dogma." We, all of us are part of the Evolution, if you want to see where it stands now, read this book.
I am not going to give you all the answers, they are or sometimes are not in this book and you better see for yourself, and buy it!
I almost forgot I have only one little problem with this book, I am French and had to run to my dictionary for many words! I hope it will be translated into French very soon.