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Darwin's Universe: Evolution from A to Z

By: Richard Milner

488 pages, B/w illus

University of California Press

Hardback | Jul 2009 | #178086 | ISBN-13: 9780520243767
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This alphabetically arranged reference, an immensely entertaining browser's delight, offers a dazzling overview of the life and thought of Charles Darwin and his incredibly wide sphere of influence. Authoritative and abundantly illustrated, it illuminates the ways in which ideas of evolutionary biology have leapt the boundaries of science to influence philosophy, law, religion, literature, cinema, art, and popular culture.

"Darwin's Universe", a thoroughly revised and updated successor to Richard Milner's acclaimed "Encyclopedia of Evolution", contains more than a hundred new essays, including entries on animal behaviour (Alex the parrot, Kanzi the bonobo, and Digit the gorilla), on women in science (Mary Anning and Rosalind Franklin), and on the latest finds of human fossils.

A veritable museum of natural history, it also contains many original discoveries brought to light by Milner's historical sleuthing. Packed with hundreds of rare illustrations, including many new ones, this Darwin Bicentennial edition will appeal to a wide audience of readers.

All things Darwin, authoritative, amusing, abundantly illustrated, including some rare finds.--Scientific American "A browsers delight... Offers an immensely entertaining overview of the history of natural science."--The Lasy (uk) "A browsers delight... Offers an immensely entertaining overview of the history of natural science."--The Lady (Uk)


Foreword, by Ian Tattersall Preface: An Appreciation of Milner's Encyclopedia, by Stephen Jay Gould Introduction Evolution from A to Z Appendix Bibliography Acknowledgments Illustration Credits Index

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Richard Milner is an Associate in Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, contributing editor at Natural History magazine, and Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Author of three award-winning books on evolution, he has published articles in Scientific American and other science magazines and has been featured on the History, Discovery, and Animal Planet channels, as well as on BBC Two and Nova.

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