- Paperback: 418 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140132651
- ISBN-13: 978-0140132656
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blueprints: Solving the Mystery of Evolution Reprint Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
"In this wonderfully engaging book, the researches of Lamarck, Mendel, Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and modern evolutionary biologists add up to an intriguing human drama," maintained PW . "It would be hard to imagine a more readable, comprehensive survey of the story of evolution." Illustrated.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
To readers who enjoyed Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind ( LJ 2/1/81), another book by the same authors is a welcome event. This new collaboration is a recounting of evolutionary theory from its roots in the 18th century, through Darwin's and Wallace's revolutionary interpretation of natural selection as evolution's moving force, to the 20th-century unraveling of the genetic code. As in the authors' earlier book, clear writing, clever analogies from the everyday world, and portrayal of scientists as living personalities help make a complex subject approachable for the thoughtful lay reader. The authors are best at telling the genetic story, a sequel to the more often-told Darwinian history and essential to today's understanding of evolution as a well-established scientific dogma.
- Margery C. Coombs, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
The evolution of evolution did not begin with fossils of extinct human lineage, but with geology’s requirement of an earth billions of years old (rather than created on October 23, 4004 BC at 9 a.m.), and witness of living animals in constant transition thanks to environmental change (natural selection). Fossils began to echo the same theme. Mendel’s peas pleading for recognition of heritable genes; Darwin’s first flashes of insight on the Beagle; fistfights for the Nobel for being first to decipher DNA’s structure where we find natural selection at the molecular level, and, finally, how species try to stay the same while changing – a story well worth knowing.
Because the authors started off with a book on "Lucy", she still gets a good chunk of this book however we also end up with Gregor Mendel's peas, DNA, and various other supporting information.
In the soft cover version there are two sections for monochrome pictures, several graphs and charts, a good bibliography, and an excellent index.
...the book is more presentational rather than apologetic. On occasion the authors did generalize creationism with Biblical fundamentalism, but they also admit once to the difficulty of originating life. I would also have liked to have seen more fossil discoveries outside the realm of humanity, a discussion on stem cell and embryo development, and perhaps a brief tracing of the likely line of descent from single celled bacteria to the major classes of vertebrates. (I am a theist, so take into consideration any bias.)
Overall, there were only a few tedious pages, but it is otherwise an excellent book that I had a hard time putting down.