miércoles, febrero 04, 2009

Editados dos libros sobre Darwin y sobre la evolución

La Paleontological Research Institution ha publicado dos libros para celebrar el 200 cumpleaños de Darwin y los 150 aniversario de la edición del Origen de las Especies en 1859. Os adjuntamos la información que nos ha llegado de estos dos libros. Para solicitarlos se puede solicitar por internet en www.priweb.org

Charles Darwin: After the Origin, by Sheila Ann Dean (156 pp., ISBN 978-0-87710-481-0, copublished by PRI and Cornell University Library), US $15.00, available 9 February 2009.
"Rarely do major historical anniversaries align so precisely. Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England, on February 12, 1809. His most famous work, On the Origin of Species, was published on November 24, 1859. To be able to celebrate both the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the most influential books of modern times and, simultaneously, the 200th anniversary of the birth of its author, is indeed a unique occasion. And that rare alignment is the occasion for the publication of this thoughtful and insightful review ... In focusing on the 22 years that followed publication of the Origin of Species, Sheila Ann Dean has illuminated the most productive years of Darwin's life." - David Corson, Cornell University.

Evolution & Creationism: a Very Short Guide, 2nd edition, by Warren D. Allmon (126 pp., ISBN 978-0-87710-484-1), US $10.00, available 12 February 2009. Substantially expanded over the 2006 revised edition, including two entirely new chapters entitled Teaching Evolution and Why Does Evolution Matter?
"Organic evolution – the theory that all living things are connected by genealogy and have changed through time – is unique among all scientific theories. No other concept in science has produced so much controversy, debate, and emotion outside of scientific circles. Evolution, indeed, is the central idea in modern biology. Modern Western society beyond science has, to a remarkable degree, been shaped by its widespread scientific acceptance. In this sense, we all effectively live in Darwin's world. Why then does the majority of the general public know so little about evolution, and why don't they accept what they know? This small volume serves the general reader – including teachers, parents, students, and elected officials – as a compact, concise, user-friendly handbook addressing these issues and providing an easy entry into the huge existing literature."
"Learning evolution has been the highlight of my intellectual life and teaching evolution has been the highlight of my teaching career at Cornell since 1969. Warren Allmon's volume provides a wonderful introduction to both evolutionary biology and its intellectual ramifications. Everyone in the world should read this little book." - Will Provine, Cornell University