Darwin's Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin

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Voted one of Amazon's Best Books of the Month in October 2014.

Johnsons meticulous work provides an answer to the question of Darwins thoughts on chance and, not incidentally, discusses his often-debated religious beliefs. Darwins Dice will be relevant to historians of philosophy and science, especially to those with a deep interest in Darwin himself. ( Choice)

Of interest to specialists in game theory or philosophy, as well as natural selection scholars ( Library Journal)

Darwin believed, or was expected to believe, that every event has a cause, that causes instantiate natural laws, and that God is the author of these laws. How do these principles sort with random variation as a necessary condition of adaptive natural selection? Not well. What did Darwin do about it? In this close reading of the relevant texts, Johnson argues that he accepted randomness, but seemed almost relieved that his ignorance did not force him to say so. I recommend Darwin's Dice to anyone who wants to see a great mind wrestling with a great challenge. ( David Depew, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego)

Taking advantage of a wealth of manuscripts, letters, and publications, Curtis Johnson presents a splendid analysis of the role of chance in Darwin's philosophy as well as his science. The book is a major contribution to our understanding of how Darwin struggled to make sense of his ideas and to explain them to the scientific community. ( Michael T. Ghiselin, Senior Research Fellow, California Academy of Sciences)

Chance, a seemingly simple but often misunderstood concept, becomes even more difficult to grasp when applied to understanding the sources of variation seen within species. Curtis Johnson adeptly and thoroughly lays out for the reader the role chance played in Darwin's developing ideas of variation. The author demonstrates that even though Darwin expressed the importance of chance to his readers, he tended to mask it in other verbiage in order to make it more palatable to the public and other scientists. ( J. David Archibald, author of Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order)

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Voted one of Amazon's Best Books of the Month in October 2014.

Of interest to specialists in game theory or philosophy, as well as natural selection scholars ( Library Journal)

Darwin believed, or was expected to believe, that every event has a cause, that causes instantiate natural laws, and that God is the author of these laws. How do these principles sort with random variation as a necessary condition of adaptive natural selection? Not well. What did Darwin do about it? In this close reading of the relevant texts, Johnson argues that he accepted randomness, but seemed almost relieved that his ignorance did not force him to say so. I recommend Darwin's Dice to anyone who wants to see a great mind wrestling with a great challenge. ( David Depew, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego)

Taking advantage of a wealth of manuscripts, letters, and publications, Curtis Johnson presents a splendid analysis of the role of chance in Darwin's philosophy as well as his science. The book is a major contribution to our understanding of how Darwin struggled to make sense of his ideas and to explain them to the scientific community. ( Michael T. Ghiselin, Senior Research Fellow, California Academy of Sciences)

Chance, a seemingly simple but often misunderstood concept, becomes even more difficult to grasp when applied to understanding the sources of variation seen within species. Curtis Johnson adeptly and thoroughly lays out for the reader the role chance played in Darwin's developing ideas of variation. The author demonstrates that even though Darwin expressed the importance of chance to his readers, he tended to mask it in other verbiage in order to make it more palatable to the public and other scientists. ( J. David Archibald, author of Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order)

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