SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology

Evolution That Anyone Can Understand

Authors: Marcus, Bernard

  • Explores resistance to scientific progress that challenges conventional wisdom
  • Examines the response that leads opponents to deny, attack and ridicule
  • Shows the effects of longer term understanding that the science is correct
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About this book

The function of scientific research is promoting the understanding of the world around us. In theory, anyway, the more we learn, the more potential we have of making our lives better. Thus, we have seen research in electronics provide us with computers, research in chemistry provide us with all manner of synthetics, and research in agriculture provide us with more food. Periodically, scientific research uncovers something that makes some of us uncomfortable. The discovery of the link between smoking and lung cancer and heart disease was not received well by the tobacco industry, and the link between global climate change and fossil fuel use has not been well received by the petroleum industry, to cite just two examples. Usually the response of those whose world has been disrupted by science is denial, often followed by attack on or ridicule of the science that has challenged them. In the long term, however, science usually turns out to be correct.

About the authors

Bernard Marcus is the author of other books, including: Tropical Forests, Jones and Bartlett, 2008, 200 pp., SC $30.95 Human Nutrition (Cliffs Quick Review), Cliffs Notes, 1997, 192 pp., SC

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This is the first in a new series, ‘SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology,’ aimed to ‘present concise summaries of cutting-edge research and practical applications across a wide spectrum of fields.’ This small book attempts to meet this goal by addressing ‘core concepts that students must understand in order to make independent contributions.’ … This is a good, short read if one wants to learn about some of the nicest examples of the evolutionary process. … Summing Up: … General readers.” (B. K. Hall, Choice, Vol. 49 (10), June, 2012)

“Evolution That Anyone Can Understand by Bernard Marcus is the latest entry into an increasingly crowded niche filled by titles with relatively homogenous content and standardized structure. … Overall, it is clear that the author has read quite broadly, writes with enthusiasm about the topic of evolution, and has brought a remarkable diversity of up-to-date content to bear on the subject.” (Ross H. Nehm, Science & Education, May, 2012)




Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Exactly What Is Evolution?

    Marcus, Bernard

    Pages 1-9

  • What’s God Got to Do With It?

    Marcus, Bernard

    Pages 11-19

  • But It is Only a Theory

    Marcus, Bernard

    Pages 21-26

  • Icefish and Other Genetic Anomalies and an Argument for Vestigiality

    Marcus, Bernard

    Pages 27-32

  • Islands in the Sky and Elsewhere

    Marcus, Bernard

    Pages 33-40

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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-6125-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolution That Anyone Can Understand
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6126-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6126-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6125-9
Series ISSN
2192-8134
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 116
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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