Originally published in 2007, The Discovery of Evolution explains what the theory of evolution is all about by providing a historical narrative of discovery. Some of the major puzzles that confront anyone studying living things are discussed and it details how these were solved from an evolutionary perspective.
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Review of the hardback: 'Young's lavishly-illustrated, well-designed, and clearly-written account of evolution deserves wide general readership, and provides a coherent panorama for students.' Journal of Biological Education
Review of the hardback: 'I recommend this fascinating and well-written book, which will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the natural world.' IBIS
Review of the hardback: 'Young's The Discovery of Evolution leads the reader into the deep history of evolutionary ideas, from the 17th century through Darwinism, tracking the contributions of geology, natural history, classification, and genetics along the way. It provides students with a rich background to appreciate contemporary biological ideas and disputes in an accessible and beautifully illustrated book.' Sandra D. Mitchell, Professor and Chair, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Review of the hardback: 'The Discovery of Evolution is a superbly accessible, reliable and visually appealing introduction to the history of evolutionary theory. Covering the advances in geology, natural history and palaeontology in the decades before Darwin discovered the principle of natural selection in late 1838, it also examines the obstacles to evolutionist thought in the 1800s, the empirical observations that led Darwin and Wallace to their historic insights, and the brilliant scientific work of the twentieth century that demonstrated the validity of Darwin's evolutionary theory. The book is well-written and presented, but perhaps its chief merit is the sheer quality and quantity of the images which make the ideas it explains so much more comprehensible and the story told richly evocative.' John C. Waller, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne
Review of the hardback: 'Reading the history of evolutionary biology is one of the best ways to understand what evolution is and what it means for understanding our place in the world. The Discovery of Evolution, beautifully illustrated with contemporary pictures and documents, shows how the theory of evolution provided a single, elegant and convincing answer to a myriad of biological questions. Taking the reader from Aristotle to Darwin to Hamilton and beyond, this book is an accessible introduction to the development of evolutionary biology, and should be read by anyone interested in how this revolutionary idea changed the way we think about the world around us.' Lindell Bromham, School of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University
'It is written by a talented specialist from Australia, who tells amazing stories about evolutionary developments in the natural sciences. … Young is [an] inspired writer who [has given] us an outstanding possibility to learn the history of … evolutionary knowledge and to feel those incredible efforts applied to obtain its framework … Reading this book will be a great pleasure for every specialist in the bio- and geosciences as well as for all amateurs …' Phylogenie und Evolution
David Young is the Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
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