Why Evolution is True
Score: 4.5
From 19 Ratings

Why Evolution is True


  • Author : Jerry A. Coyne
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Evolution (Biology)
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199230853


Why Evolution is True Book Description :

Presents the many threads of modern work in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy that demonstrate the indelible stamp of the evolutionary processes first proposed by Darwin.

Why Evolution is True
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

Why Evolution is True


  • Author : Jerry A. Coyne
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2010-01-14
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191643842


Why Evolution is True Book Description :

For all the discussion in the media about creationism and 'Intelligent Design', virtually nothing has been said about the evidence in question - the evidence for evolution by natural selection. Yet, as this succinct and important book shows, that evidence is vast, varied, and magnificent, and drawn from many disparate fields of science. The very latest research is uncovering a stream of evidence revealing evolution in action - from the actual observation of a species splitting into two, to new fossil discoveries, to the deciphering of the evidence stored in our genome. Why Evolution is True weaves together the many threads of modern work in genetics, palaeontology, geology, molecular biology, anatomy, and development to demonstrate the 'indelible stamp' of the processes first proposed by Darwin. It is a crisp, lucid, and accessible statement that will leave no one with an open mind in any doubt about the truth of evolution.

Why Evolution is True
Score: 4
From 21 Ratings

Why Evolution is True


  • Author : Jerry A. Coyne
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2009-01-01
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199230846


Why Evolution is True Book Description :

Weaves together the many threads of modern work in genetics, palaeontology, geology, molecular biology, anatomy and development that demonstrate the processes first proposed by Darwin and to present them in a crisp, lucid, account accessible to a wide audience.

Faith Versus Fact
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Faith Versus Fact


  • Author : Jerry A. Coyne
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698195516


Faith Versus Fact Book Description :

The New York Times bestselling author explains why any attempt to make religion compatible with science is doomed to fail. What we read in the news today is full of subjectivity, half-truths, and blatant falsehoods; and thus it is more necessary now than ever to safeguard the truth with facts. In his provocative new book, evolutionary biologist Jerry A. Coyne aims to do exactly that in the arena of religion. In clear, dispassionate detail he explains why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion—including faith, dogma, and revelation—leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions. Coyne is responding to a national climate in which over half of Americans don’t believe in evolution (and congressmen deny global warming), and warns that religious prejudices and strictures in politics, education, medicine, and social policy are on the rise. Extending the bestselling works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, he demolishes the claims of religion to provide verifiable “truth” by subjecting those claims to the same tests we use to establish truth in science. Coyne irrefutably demonstrates the grave harm—to individuals and to our planet—in mistaking faith for fact in making the most important decisions about the world we live in.

The Evidence for Evolution
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The Evidence for Evolution


  • Author : Alan R. Rogers
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2011-06-01
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226723853


The Evidence for Evolution Book Description :

According to polling data, most Americans doubt that evolution is a real phenomenon. And it’s no wonder that so many are skeptical: many of today’s biology courses and textbooks dwell on the mechanisms of evolution—natural selection, genetic drift, and gene flow—but say little about the evidence that evolution happens at all. How do we know that species change? Has there really been enough time for evolution to operate? With The Evidence for Evolution, Alan R. Rogers provides an elegant, straightforward text that details the evidence for evolution. Rogers covers different levels of evolution, from within-species changes, which are much less challenging to see and believe, to much larger ones, say, from fish to amphibian, or from land mammal to whale. For each case, he supplies numerous lines of evidence to illustrate the changes, including fossils, DNA, and radioactive isotopes. His comprehensive treatment stresses recent advances in knowledge but also recounts the give and take between skeptical scientists who first asked “how can we be sure” and then marshaled scientific evidence to attain certainty. The Evidence for Evolution is a valuable addition to the literature on evolution and will be essential to introductory courses in the life sciences.

What Darwin Got Wrong

What Darwin Got Wrong


  • Author : Jerry Fodor
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release Date : 2011-02-24
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847651907


What Darwin Got Wrong Book Description :

Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, a distinguished philosopher and scientist working in tandem, reveal major flaws at the heart of Darwinian evolutionary theory. They do not deny Darwin's status as an outstanding scientist but question the inferences he drew from his observations. Combining the results of cutting-edge work in experimental biology with crystal-clear philosophical argument they mount a devastating critique of the central tenets of Darwin's account of the origin of species. The logic underlying natural selection is the survival of the fittest under changing environmental pressure. This logic, they argue, is mistaken. They back up the claim with evidence of what actually happens in nature. This is a rare achievement - the short book that is likely to make a great deal of difference to a very large subject. What Darwin Got Wrong will be controversial. The authors' arguments will reverberate through the scientific world. At the very least they will transform the debate about evolution.

Why Evolution Works  and Creationism Fails
Score: 1
From 3 Ratings

Why Evolution Works and Creationism Fails


  • Author : Matt Young
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-05-15
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 0813548640


Why Evolution Works and Creationism Fails Book Description :

Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) is an impassioned argument in favor of science—primarily the theory of evolution—and against creationism. Why impassioned? Should not scientists be dispassionate in their work? “Perhaps,” write the authors, “but it is impossible to remain neutral when our most successful scientific theories are under attack, for religious and other reasons, by laypeople and even some scientists who willfully distort scientific findings and use them for their own purposes.” Focusing on what other books omit, how science works and how pseudoscience works, Matt Young and Paul K. Strode demonstrate the futility of “scientific” creationism. They debunk the notion of intelligent design and other arguments that show evolution could not have produced life in its present form. Concluding with a frank discussion of science and religion, Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) argues that science by no means excludes religion, though it ought tocast doubt on certain religious claims that are contrary to known scientific fact.

Icons of Evolution
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Icons of Evolution


  • Author : Jonathan Wells
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-01-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9781596985339


Icons of Evolution Book Description :

Everything you were taught about evolution is wrong.

The Neighborhood Project
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

The Neighborhood Project


  • Author : David Sloan Wilson
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2011-08-24
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316175258


The Neighborhood Project Book Description :

After decades studying creatures great and small, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson had an epiphany: Darwin's theory won't fully prove itself until it improves the quality of human life in a practical sense. And what better place to begin than his hometown of Binghamton, New York? Making a difference in his own city would provide a model for cities everywhere, which have become the habitat for over half of the people on earth. Inspired to become an agent of change, Wilson descended on Binghamton with a scientist's eye and looked at its toughest questions, such as how to empower neighborhoods and how best to teach our children. He combined the latest research methods from experimental economics with studies of holiday decorations and garage sales. Drawing upon examples from nature as diverse as water striders, wasps, and crows, Wilson's scientific odyssey took him around the world, from a cave in southern Africa that preserved the dawn of human culture to the Vatican in Rome. Along the way, he spoke with dozens of fellow scientists, whose stories he relates along with his own. Wilson's remarkable findings help us to understand how we must become wise managers of evolutionary processes to accomplish positive change at all scales, from effective therapies for individuals, to empowering neighborhoods, to regulating the worldwide economy. With an ambitious scope that spans biology, sociology, religion, and economics, The Neighborhood Project is a memoir, a practical handbook for improving the quality of life, and an exploration of the big questions long pondered by religious sages, philosophers, and storytellers. Approaching the same questions from an evolutionary perspective shows, as never before, how places define us.

Microcosm
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Microcosm


  • Author : Carl Zimmer
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2008-05-06
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307377562


Microcosm Book Description :

A Best Book of the YearSeed Magazine • Granta Magazine • The Plain-DealerIn this fascinating and utterly engaging book, Carl Zimmer traces E. coli's pivotal role in the history of biology, from the discovery of DNA to the latest advances in biotechnology. He reveals the many surprising and alarming parallels between E. coli's life and our own. And he describes how E. coli changes in real time, revealing billions of years of history encoded within its genome. E. coli is also the most engineered species on Earth, and as scientists retool this microbe to produce life-saving drugs and clean fuel, they are discovering just how far the definition of life can be stretched. From the Trade Paperback edition.