"I cannot think that the world, as we see it, is the result of chance; & yet I cannot look at each separate thing as the result of design." English naturalist Charles Darwin wrote this in 1860, a year after publishing his theory of evolution. His words show the personal struggle of a man forced by his own observations to answer the fundamental question--Where do we com"I cannot think that the world, as we see it, is the result of chance; & yet I cannot look at each separate thing as the result of design." English naturalist Charles Darwin wrote this in 1860, a year after publishing his theory of evolution. His words show the personal struggle of a man forced by his own observations to answer the fundamental question--Where do we come from?--in a revolutionary new way. Darwin's internal battle reflects a broader public struggle--the attempt to reconcile scientific fact with religious faith. Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution follows this battle, from the supporting theories of fellow scientists, to the opposing voices of clergymen, to twenty-first-century supporters of Intelligent Design. Through quotations from letters and other contemporary sources, you'll meet the personalities and ideas involved in the debate. You'll also examine some of the legal cases that brought evolution into the U.S. courtroom. These cases include the famous Scopes trial in 1925 and the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case in 2005, which tested a school policy requiring the teaching of Intelligent Design. Through these and other debates, you'll learn more about the struggle over one of life's most profound questions....
|Title||:||Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution|
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Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution Reviews
RATING 2.5For some reason, I thought this was going to be a book intent on shaking the foundation of Darwin's theories. I suppose I combined the title and subtitle with my own interest in the debate over evolution and creationism. In reality, this book offers a brief, but thorough history of Darwin and his "foundation shaking" theories. And in regards to the debate, it clearly leans towards the bully pulpit of evolution. There are plenty of illustrations and details that make the book an enjoyable and quick read. It was certainly interesting to learn more about Darwin's family and the motivation behind his work. I didn't realize he had his own "debate" at the crossroads of religion and science while deciding which occupation to pursue - long before his theories would cause the same discourse in minds around the world. Perhaps that's why he steered clear of the debate for the most part while he was alive. Ultimately, it stays just below the surface of the information - not too thorough, not too high-level - and presented its content with attractive packaging. I just wish it didn't, like most arguments for evolution, conclude so abruptly and abrasively.Essentially: All scientists accept evolution as true, but the debate still rages. Many people disagree, but only because they are misinformed idiots. (Because widely-accepted science NEVER ends up being wrong.)-from TRudATmusic[dot]com[slash]raw
Part biography, part science, part history, this provocatively titled book takes readers from the Industrial Revolution through today, explaining how Darwin developed his theory of evolution. Darwin never actually used the term “evolution”-he most often used the phrase “descent with modification” to describe his theory. His theory “shook the foundation” of long-held religious beliefs and scientific theories. Many important and interesting primary source photos, illustrations, and diagrams, as well as interesting sidebars, add to the accessible and well-written text. In eight chapters, Johnson presents the information in a factual, informative style. Johnson also discusses transmutation, uniformitarianism, eugenics, social darwinism, and intelligent design. Backmatter includes a glossary, source notes, selected bibliography, suggested reading, and an index.
Although this was in the library's adult "New Non-fiction" section, it is written as more geared to a teen/young adult audience. An adult look at Darwin and his theories would be "The Origin" by Irving Stone, which I'd read and liked very much. Yet this would be a nice little introduction to that field or a good refresher, depending on one's prior exposure, and had a lot of pictures, which of course "The Origin" had none of! It did particularly well in discussing criticism of the natural selection theory, right down to this day.
Clear, presents different sides and introduces us to others of the same time period thinking about similiar ideas. Vocabulary in the back and an activity for students at the end. Overall, a decent book for both middle and high school students. Will recommend.
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