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Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution
by Kenneth Miller Details
Miller, professor of biology at Brown University, believes firmly in evolution. He also believes in God - a belief not widely shared among scientists. Here he sets out to offer thoughts on how to reconcile the conflict many people see between the two positions.
Lone Survivors: How We Came to be the Only Humans on Earth
by Chris Stringer Details
In this groundbreaking and engaging work, world-renowned paleoanthropologist Stringer sets out a new theory of humanity's origin, offering the definitive account of who and what we were, and a work that will change perceptions about our origins and about what it means to be human.
Masters of the Planet: the Search for Our Human Origins
by Ian Tattersall Details
When homo sapiens made their entrance 100,000 years ago they were confronted by a wide range of other early humans - homo erectus, who walked better and used fire; homo habilis who used tools; and of course the Neanderthals, who were brawny and strong. But shortly after their arrival, something happened that vaulted the species forward and made them the indisputable masters of the planet. This book is devoted to revealing just what that difference is.
Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes
by Svante Pääbo Details
What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pääbo's mission to answer that question, beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in his sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2009.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval N. Harari Details
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one - homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition.
Science, Evolution, and Creationism
by  National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Details
Mindful of school board battles and recent court decisions, Science, Evolution, and Creationism shows that science and religion should be viewed as different ways of understanding the world rather than as frameworks that are in conflict with each other and that the evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith. For educators, students, teachers, community leaders, legislators, policy makers, and parents who seek to understand the basis of evolutionary science, this publication will be an essential resource.
Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution
by David Rothenberg Details
"The peacock's tail," said Charles Darwin, "makes me sick." That's because the theory of evolution as adaptation can't explain why nature is so beautiful. It took the concept of sexual selection for Darwin to explain that, a process that has more to do with aesthetics than with the practical. Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration from Darwin's observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have innate appreciation for beauty-and why nature is, indeed, beautiful.
The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution
by Henry Gee Details
The idea of a missing link between humanity and our animal ancestors predates evolution and popular science and actually has religious roots in the deist concept of the Great Chain of Being. Yet, the metaphor has lodged itself in the contemporary imagination, and new fossil discoveries are often hailed in headlines as revealing the elusive transitional step, the moment when we stopped being "animal" and started being "human." In The Accidental Species, Henry Gee, longtime paleontology editor at Nature, takes aim at this misleading notion, arguing that it reflects a profound misunderstanding of how evolution works and, when applied to the evolution of our own species, supports mistaken ideas about our own place in the universe.
The Evolution Dialogues: Science, Christianity, and the Quest for Understanding
by Catherine Baker Details
This unique and extraordinary resource presents in plain language and in under 200 pages a new conversation on evolution and Christianity: a description of the development of evolutionary theory from before Darwin to the present; the rich and complex historical interaction of evolution and Christianity; accounts of the nature of science and of Christian approaches to understanding; the history of life as revealed through the evolutionary sciences. As an introduction to each chapter, the book features a narrative about the personal dilemma of a fictional college student, Angela Rawlett, as she struggles to reconcile her traditional Christian upbringing with her keen interest in biology.
The First Dog
by Jan Brett Details
Kip the Cave Boy and Paleowolf each face hunger and danger on a journey in Paleolithic times, and when they decide to join forces and help one another, Paleowolf becomes the first dog.
The Greatest Show on Earth: the Evidence for Evolution
by Richard Dawkins Details
Sifting through rich layers of scientific evidence, Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth" is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument."
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
by Francis Collins Details
Collins, a pioneering medical geneticist who once headed the Human Genome Project, adapts his title from President Clinton's remarks announcing completion of the first phase of the project in 2000: "Today we are learning the language in which God created life." Collins explains that as a Christian believer, "the experience of sequencing the human genome, and uncovering this most remarkable of all texts, was both a stunning scientific achievement and an occasion of worship."
The Missing Link: An Inquiry Approach for Teaching all Students about Evolution
by Lee Meadows Details
In The Missing Link, Lee Meadows has crafted an approach to teaching evolution that helps students understand its explanatory power whether they accept its principles or not. All students are invited to engage in inquiry, where questions, evidence, and exploration supplant values-based debates over right and wrong answers.
The Origin of Species; and, The Voyage of the Beagle
by Charles Darwin Details
Easily the most influential book published in the nineteenth century, Darwin's The Origin of Species is also that most unusual phenomenon, an altogether readable discussion of a scientific subject. On its appearance in 1859 it was immediately recognized by enthusiasts and detractors alike as a work of the greatest importance: its revolutionary theory of evolution by means of natural selection provoked a furious reaction that continues to this day. The Origin of Species is here published together with Darwin's earlier Voyage of the 'Beagle.' This 1839 account of the journeys to South America and the Pacific islands that first put Darwin on the track of his remarkable theories derives an added charm from his vivid description of his travels in exotic places and his eye for the piquant detail.
The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Geologist & Thinker
by Peter Sis Details
Presents the life of the famous nineteenth-century naturalist using text from Darwin's writings and detailed drawings by Sis.
What Does It Mean to Be Human?
by Richard Potts Details
This generously illustrated book tells the story of the human family, showing how our species' physical traits and behaviors evolved over millions of years as our ancestors adapted to dramatic environmental changes.
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