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The Theory of Evolution

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A century ago Darwin and Wallace explained how evolution could have happened in terms of processes known to take place today. This book describes how their theory has been confirmed, but at the same time transformed, by recent research.
Paperback, 380 pages
Published August 31st 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1976)
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Umar
Jun 08, 2015 Umar rated it liked it
This was described by Richard Dawkins as "... the best general introduction to the subject now available." When RD made this comment I don't think he had the layperson in mind. Before reading this book I would advise you cover at least the basics of genetics and molecular biology as I found the chapters which covered these topics (and there are a few) quite difficult. Also, the authors style of writing is quite dry and is not the type which will keep you wanting to read on.

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Emelia
Aug 04, 2012 Emelia rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I felt at times that I was lost to the point of the science being explained, but that could of been that there was no point, simply John Maynard Smith was enlightening me to something. In the end though, this is a good book to get a comprehensive view of evolution and it's mechanics. Even if you are not into science and skip over the harder parts, you'll eventually be left with a nice understanding of evolution, genetics, speciation and the point of the most ...more
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John Maynard Smith FRS was a British evolutionary geneticist; one of the most important biologists of his era.
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