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With more than half the population of the US not believing that humans are descended from apes, and to prepare the way for the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's The Origin of the Species throughout 2009, Wooden Books proudly presents the smallest, most up to date little book on evolution ever assembled. Covering the story of Darwin's great idea, science writer Gerard Cheshire explores the evolutionary path of neo-Darwinism itself and shows how Lamarckian ideas still have a role to play in evolutionary theory.

With a rich array of rarely published period prints from the Jennings Collection in Bath, and examples of the the latest genetic research this book asks some huge questions about life in the universe and includes the following topics:

- The causes of genetic variation: from Mendel to mitosis.

- Sexual selection - how the peaock got its tail.

- Mimicry and camouflage, miracles made easy over time.

- Simple biotics, prions, viruses and bacteria - examples of adaptive DNA.

- Unlike outcomes - the success of altruistic strategies.

- Convergent evolution. Why sharks are the same shape in different seas.

- Natural selection, the reason for death, and modern systems designs.

- The cosmological anthropic principle, and how the entire universe could be an evolved system.


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Realistic
This book is excellent. Like all the wooden books each set of pages has text on one side and an image on the other, making it both visually and intellectually engaging. Each page is to the point and each image well chosen. The book is made of high quality paper and ink. It covers the main idea of evolution along with other related ideas (sexual selection etc.) I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a concise yet accurate overview of evolution. It has footnotes as well as plenty of references in the back of the book for those interested in further reading or for skeptics looking for more information.
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The Publisher (Wooden Books) states that this is the smallest book on evolution that asks big questions. The publisher is quoted as saying...

"Anticipating the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species throughout 2009, Evolution explores the history of evolutionary theory from Lamarck to Darwin to today's large questions about life in the universe. With sections on the causes of genetic variation and natural selection, the success in species of altruistic strategies, and why sharks are the same shape in different seas, and with a rich array of rarely published period illustrations and examples of the latest genetic research, this is a timely and thought-provoking book."

All well and good, but there's one glaring problem. Like all books on evolution it doesn't discuss the shortcomings of Darwin's theory and how flawed it is in light of modern discoveries. Many old myths are promoted as if evolution was a religion to be accepted merely on faith and not scientific principles.

There are better explanations or theroies about the origins of man and the universe, Darwins theory is just not one of them.
Evolution: A Little History of a Great Idea (Wooden Books) download epub
Evolution
Author: Gerard Cheshire
ISBN: 0802716814
Category: Science & Math
Subcategory: Evolution
Language: English
Publisher: Walker Books (November 15, 2008)
Pages: 64 pages