This dazzling companion volume to one the most important series in PBS history tells the compelling story of the theory of evolution -- from Darwin to twenty-first-century science.
Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species was breathtaking, beautifully written, staunchly defended, defiantly radical. Yet it emerged long before paleontologists and geologists worked out the chronology of life on Earth, long before biologists uncovered the molecules that underlie heredity and natural selection. Not until the late twentieth century was the true scope of its power revealed.
This remarkable new book, featuring more than 150 color illustrations, presents a rich and up-to-date view of evolution that explores the far-reaching implications of Darwin's theory and emphasizes the power, significance, and relevance of evolution to our lives today. After all, we ourselves are the product of evolution, and we can tackle many of our gravest challenges -- from the lethal resurgence of antibiotic-resistant diseases to the wave of extinctions that looms before us -- with a sound understanding of the science. It can help us see our lives in connection to everything that has come before and to every form of life on Earth today.
Filled with rich narrative, award-winning science writing, and the most up-to-date information on topics ranging from Darwinian medicine and sexual selection to the origins of language, evolutionary psychology, and the controversies surrounding creationism, Evolution tells in riveting detail the story of a remarkable scientific journey, from the emergence to the triumph of an idea....Continua
Along the easy lines of introducing evolutionary biology in the book, we could find the most interesting idea in all the creature to understand the diversified world.
This book《Evolution: the triumph of an idea》, I should have read a long time ago. It is so brilliantly written and (I think) is a “must read”!
Darwin’s brilliant evolution theory is not simply “evolution by natural selection”, but is a much more sophisticated and imperative scientific work. The book talks about the development history of evolution theory, its strong links between a wide range of disciplines, such as geology, biology, ecology, biotechnology…etc. The chapters on the evolution (rise) of human being (homo sapiens) are particularly interesting. During the reading of this book, I rediscovered the importance of my own discipline (earth sciences), and once again thought how lucky I am to have chosen it.
In the last chapters, the author discusses the “fight” between Darwinism and Christianity. As a geologist myself, I observe many processes of the Earth; I learn how rocks and minerals are formed; I find ancient animals and plants in fossils. The material world is so obvious that it seems the room for “God” is very slim. Yet, I am not denying the importance of religions. And yet, I simply cannot believe in the existence of a “Creator” of our universe. For me, science is science, whereas faith is faith; there is nothing contradictory of the two completely different notions!...Continua