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Darwin warned, “If numerous species, belonging to the same genera or families, have really started into life at once, the fact would be fatal to the theory of evolution through natural selection.”
With over one thousand referenced quotations from Darwin, Greek philosophers, scientists, and historians, Darwin, Then and Now travels through the tenuous dynamics of scientific investigations since 1859 starting with the fossil record, molecular biology, and embryology through modern genetics.
“The fossil record had caused Darwin more grief than joy. Nothing distressed him more than the Cambrian explosion, the coincident appearance of almost all complex organic designs.” Stephen Gould, 1980
“Over the past 50 years, advances in molecular and developmental biology have outstripped a truly integrated synthesis of evolutionary theory.” Niles Eldridge, 2006
“An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle.” Francis Crick, 1981
“There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.” Mark Twain, 1883
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DARWIN, THEN AND NOW is a journey through the most amazing story in the history of science; encapsulating who Darwin was, what he said, and what scientists have discovered since the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859.
While recognized as one of the most influential individuals of the twentieth century, little is widely known about his personal life, interests, and motivations. This book explores Darwin’s driving passion using Darwin’s own words from The Origin of Species, Autobiography, Voyage of the Beagle, and letters.
In retracing the roots of evolution from the Greeks, Darwin, Then and Now journeys through the dynamics of the eighteenth century that lead to the publication of The Origin of Species and the succeeding role of key players in the emerging evolution revolution.
Darwin, Then and Now examines Darwin’s theory with more than three hundred quotations from The Origin of Species, spotlighting what Darwin said concerning the origin of species and natural selection using the American Museum of Natural History Darwin exhibit format.
With over one thousand referenced quotations from scientists and historians, Darwin, Then and Now explores the scientific evidence over the past 150 years from the fossil record, molecular biology, embryology, and modern genetics. Join the blog at www.DarwinThenAndNow.com to post your comments and questions.
Having received a BS in biology from the University of California, Irvine, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California, Richard William Nelson is a professional clinical pharmacologist and associate clinical professor. As a lecturer, Dr. Nelson has challenged thousands of high school and university students to critically examine Darwinism.