Darwin's Ghosts

Darwin's Ghosts

The Secret History of Evolution

eBook - 2012
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Evolution was not discovered single-handedly, Rebecca Stott argues, contrary to what has become standard lore, but is an idea that emerged over many centuries, advanced by daring individuals across the globe who had the imagination to speculate on nature's extraordinary ways, and who had the courage to articulate such speculations at a time when to do so was often considered heresy.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679604136
0679604138
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (396 p.)

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Mitsouko1 Feb 22, 2017

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ellend
Mar 25, 2014

Extremely engaging read, was sorry to put it down. Stott brings the long history of natural philosophy into perspective through the lives of those whose ideas shaped the world as we see it today. Her narrative sweeps through time and space and takes us along for the ride.

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Norman C. Smith
May 18, 2013

This is a good book for those who are interested in learning about the development of scientific ideas over a period of millennia (Aristotle to Darwin). It is generally well-written, though a little sluggish in places, but worth the effort. I was particularly impressed in how challenging it was for each of the individuals described to make a living while theorizing, and in many cases to develop the courage to present their findings and hypotheses in the face of orthodox thinking. If you are looking for a book on the development of the theory of natural selection, though, it would be better to focus on Darwin and Wallace. And ... ignore the word "Secret" in the title; it is just a come-on, not to be taken seriously.

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