The Encyclopedia of Evolution: Humanity's Search for Its Origins (A Henry Holt Reference Book)

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9780805027174: The Encyclopedia of Evolution: Humanity's Search for Its Origins (A Henry Holt Reference Book)

Richard Milner's encyclopaedia proves that few aspects of human culture and thought have been untouched by our attempts to understand and explain how life arose and evolved on this planet. The concept of human evolution has been a primary subject of fascination throughout the ages and particularly since the Darwinian revolution 150 years ago. The search to understand how life evolved has been explored by scientists, scholars, lawyers, philosophers, religious enthusiasts and artists. "The Encyclopaedia of Evolution" offers more than 500 entries which cover every aspect of evolutionary thought from the most scholarly to the most popular. Offering not only a compendium of the quest for human origin, this volume also relates scientific ideas to major themes in Western thought and their impact on literature, politics and popular culture.

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The author, an anthropologist, defines the scope of evolution broadly enough to cover anthropology, animal behavior, biology, genetics, geology, and even some astronomy as it relates to theories about the mass extinctions of dinosaurs and the origin of life on earth. Short entries (500-1000 words) explain theories and present capsule biographies of significant people. They also discuss controversial ideas ranging from the science versus Bible disputes initiated by Bishop Wilberforce and Thomas Henry Huxley, continued today by scientific creationists and religious fundamentalists, through eugenics practiced by Nazi Germany to arguments between the Leakey family and Donald Johanson over their interpretation of which fossils represent precursors to modern humans. Milner even describes the "bone wars" among 19th-century fossil hunters and the popularization of dinosaurs by artists and movie special effects creators. Many entries end with brief bibliographies of books and articles by and/or about the subject. With its emphasis not only on evolutionary theories but their impact on popular culture, this is more appropriate for public and high school libraries than academic collections.-- Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.
Norristown P.L., Pa.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-- A colorful and interesting resource and an excellent reference guide. Students of both the natural and the behavioral sciences will be able to glean information on a given topic while having their interest sparked by other entries. The book gives anthropological data as it builds subject interest and motivation. The black-and-white illustrations are valuable assets to the overall content and provide an added dimension.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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