The Joy of Science: An Examination of How Scientists Ask and Answer Questions Using the Story of Evolution as a Paradigm

The Joy of Science: An Examination of How Scientists Ask and Answer Questions Using the Story of Evolution as a Paradigm

By: Richard A. Lockshin (author)Hardback

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This book reveals that scientific logic is an extension of common, everyday logic and that it can and should be understood by everyone. Written by a practicing and successful scientist, it explores why questions arise in science and looks at how questions are tackled, what constitutes a valid answer, and why. The author does not bog the reader down in technical details or lists of facts to memorize. He uses accessible examples, illustrations, and descriptions to address complex issues. The book should prove enlightening to anyone who has been perplexed by the meaning, relevance, and moral or political implications of science.

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Contents

PART 1: HOW SCIENCE WORKS Chapter 1: Science is an ELF PART II: ORIGIN OF THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION: TIME AND CHANGE Chapter 2: The origin of the earth as seen before the Enlightenment Chapter 3: The seashells on the mountaintop Chapter 4: Were there kangaroos on Noah's Ark? Chapter 5: Aristotle's and Linnaeus' classifications of living creatures Chapter 6: Darwin's world. Evidences of glaciation Chapter 7: The Voyage of the Beagle Chapter 8: Is the earth old enough for evolution? PART III: ORIGIN OF THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION: SOCIAL ASPECTS Chapter 9: Evaluating data Chapter 10: The Industrial Revolution Chapter 11: Natural selection: The second half of Darwin's hypothesis Chapter 12: Darwin's Hypothesis Chapter 13: The crisis in evolution PART IV: THE MOLECULAR BASIS OF EVOLUTIONARY THEORY Chapter 14: The chemical basis of evolution and the origins of molecular biology Chapter 15: The stuff of inheritance: DNA, RNA, and mutations Chapter 16: The genetic code PART V: THE HISTORY OF THE EARTH AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE Chapter 17: The story of our planet origin of life Chapter 18: The appearance of oxygen Chapter 19: The conquest of land Chapter 20: The great ages of our planet Chapter 21: Return to water and to land Chapter 22: The forces of evolution: continental drift Chapter 23: The violence of the earth: rainshadows, volcanism, and meteorites PART VI: THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES Chapter 24: Competition among species Chapter 25: Sexual selection Chapter 26: Coevolution Chapter 27: The importance of disease Chapter 28: The AIDS murder mystery PART VII: THE EVOLUTION OF HUMANS Chapter 29: Evolution of humans Chapter 30: Science and religion Chapter 31: The impact of evolutionarytheory Chapter 32: Social policy and evolution; evaluating population measurements Chapter 33: Conclusions

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/11/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781402060984
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 451
  • ID: 9781402060984
  • weight: 903
  • ISBN10: 140206098X

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