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Evolution For Dummies

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Today, most colleges and universities offer evolutionary study as part of their biology curriculums. Evolution For Dummies will track a class in which evolution is taught and give an objective scientific view of the subject. This balanced guide explores the history and future of evolution, explaining the concepts and science behind it, offering case studies that support it ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by For Dummies (first published March 24th 2008)
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Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Evolution for Dummies by Greg Krukonis and Tracy Barr

"Evolution for Dummies" is the surprisingly very thorough and accessible book about evolution. This 362-page book is broken out in four major parts: Part I: What Evolution Is; Part II. How Evolution Works, Part III. What Evolution Does, and Part IV. The Part of Tens.

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1. A well written, accessible yet thorough account of what evolution is and how it works.
2. A very informative, educational book that concentrates on the science and
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Hannah Givens
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
The information in this book was really useful. I’d been poking around the internet looking for stuff, but not really finding what I needed -- I kept thinking, “Somebody explain this to me like I’m an idiot and have never heard of it before.” I’m not an idiot, but I WAS homeschooled. We watched a lot of Bill Nye, but I was taught to say “But evolution isn't true” extremely loudly any time he mentioned it, so I never actually learned anything. I needed to start from the ground up, but I needed mo ...more
Rachael
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
The author does an admirable job of explaining precisely how evolution works on the genetic level in a way that lay people can appreciate. I like that this was the focus rather than going through fossil records and focusing on evidence for evolution, though he does touch on these topics as well. My favorite part was the latter third of the book dealing with applications, the evolution of microbes, particular bacteria and viruses and medicine.
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I have always wanted to read about evolution, but I kept delaying it because I was always afraid that it was going to be a delicate subject ( I've had problems with biology before), but on the contrary I was struck that the subject is not really that complicated, plus it's really intriguing.
This theory is maybe the most controversial scientific theory ever and the one that is facing most of resistance and that is just too sad because frankly it's one of the most beautiful scientific theories I'v
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DrosoPHila
Overall, this offers fairly good coverage of evolutionary biology. Unfortunately it is somewhat disappointing in several ways which could and should have been improved by editing and peer-review. That he gets several things wrong and muddled reduces my level of trust in the author and makes me also question whether he has got other things muddled which I've missed.

* The fossil record is not currently as sparse as he claims.
* Gould and Lewontin's idea of a "spandrel" is given hagiographic promine
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J.P.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for starters. It's written for the layperson & easy to understand. The theory is pretty straight forward, the only the part that may prove somewhat difficult is understanding a little about genetics but it's not so difficult that it can not be understood after taking the time to think about it. The evidence for it overwhelming & understanding it for what it is, if one doesn't think it's true or supported they likely don't know much about it. For those that want to attac ...more
Bookista
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I thought this book was engaging and appropriately dumbed-down but it spent way too much time on the ways viruses evolve and change and almost NO TIME on the concepts of human evolution, dinosaurs, or fossils. So I was a little disappointed.
Teresa
Jul 28, 2008 marked it as to-read
I borrowed this from the library first and thought it looked good. I bought it after reading the reviews at Amazon, and now need to actually read the book to plan an evolution unit (as much of a unit as we get in unstructured semi-unschooling) for the kids.
Jose Carlos
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
excelent book about evolution. Take a complete look in all the issues related to the Evolution of Species from Darwin and his big ideas to the recent genetic descoveries. I RECOMMEND
Judson
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Was great at explaining a complex concept in an easy to understand form. Also was written well and never felt boring like many textbooks.
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