By Michael Ruse, Joseph Travis, Edward O. Wilson

Spanning evolutionary technology from its inception to its most recent findings, from discoveries and knowledge to philosophy and background, this ebook is the main entire, authoritative, and alluring one-volume creation to evolutionary biology to be had. transparent, informative, and complete in scope, Evolution opens with a sequence of significant essays facing the heritage and philosophy of evolutionary biology, with significant empirical and theoretical questions within the technological know-how, from speciation to model, from paleontology to evolutionary improvement (evo devo), and concluding with essays at the social and political value of evolutionary biology this day.

A moment encyclopedic part travels the spectrum of issues in evolution with concise, informative, and obtainable entries on members from ­Aristotle and Linneaus to Louis Leakey and Jean Lamarck; from T. H. Huxley and E. O. Wilson to Joseph Felsenstein and Motoo Kimura; and on topics from altruism and amphibians to evolutionary psychology and Piltdown guy to the Scopes trial and social Darwinism. Readers will locate the newest be aware at the heritage and philosophy of evolution, the nuances of the technology itself, and the complicated interaction between evolutionary examine, faith, philosophy, and ­society.

showing initially of the Darwin 12 months of 2009—the two hundredth anniversary of the delivery of Charles Darwin and the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the ebook of the Origin of Species—this quantity is a becoming tribute to the technological know-how Darwin set in motion.

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