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This three-volume handbook is unique in spanning the entire field of evolution, from the origins of our universe, via the development of living systems on earth, right up to the formation of social structures and science and technology. The author team of world-renowned experts considers the subject from a variety of disciplines, with continuous cross-referencing so as to retain a logical internal structure. The uniformly structured contributions discuss not merely the general knowledge behind the evolution of life, but also the corresponding development of language, society, economies, morality and politics. The result is an overview of the history and methods used in the study of evolution, including controversial theories and discussions. A must for researchers in the natural sciences, sociology and philosophy.
Volume I: The Evolution of Human Societies and Cultures. The human Adaption for Culture. Evolution of (Human) Cognition. Evolution of Language. Social Evolution. Evolution of Moralty. Evolution of Politics. Evolution of Economy. Evolution of Science and Technology. Volume II: The Evolution of Living Systems (including Hominids). The Diversity of Life. Individual Development and Evolution. History and Methodology of Evolutionary Theory. The Human Impact. The Evolution Controversies in Biology. The Evolution of Hominids. Motors of Evolution. The Evolution of Plants. The Evolution of Animals. Cultural Evolution. Volume III: From the Origins of the Universe to the Origins of Life. General Introduction: Evolution, an Interdisciplinary Paradigm. How it all began: Theories and Models of the Origins of the Universe. The Origins and Evolution of Galaxies. The History of Our Solar System. The Origins of Earth. Chemical Evolution and the Earth's Early History. Historical Geology: The Major Transitions in the Earth's History. Origin of Life: Facts and Theories. Early Stages in Organic Evolution