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Why Evolution is True
 
 
Author
Jerry A. Coyne.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780670020539
Pages/Publication Date 282/2009
Daedalus Item Code 22338
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In the ongoing debate about creationism and intelligent design, there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence. Yet the proof of evolution by natural selection is vast, varied, and magnificent. In this succinct and accessible summary of the facts supporting the theory of natural selection, geneticist Jerry Coyne dispels common misunderstandings and fears about evolution and clearly confirms the scientific truth that supports this amazing process of change. Incorporating data in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy, Coyne sets out not to prove creationism wrong, but rather to prove evolution right.

"With great care, attention to the scientific evidence and a wonderfully accessible style, Coyne, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Chicago, presents an overwhelming case for evolution. Ranging from biogeography to geology, from anatomy to genetics, and from molecular biology to physiology, he demonstrates that evolutionary theory makes predictions that are consistently borne out by the data—basic requirements for a scientific theory to be valid. Additionally, although fully respectful of those who promote intelligent design and creationism, he uses the data at his disposal to demolish any thought that creationism is supported by the evidence while also explaining why those ideas fall outside the bounds of science. Coyne directly addresses the concept often advanced by religious fundamentalists that an acceptance of evolution must lead to immorality, concluding that evolution tells us where we came from, not where we can go. Readers looking to understand the case for evolution and searching for a response to many of the most common creationist claims should find everything they need in this powerful book, which is clearer and more comprehensive than the many others on the subject."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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