Why Evolution Is True

Why Evolution Is True

Book - 2009
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Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact

In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design," there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned-the evidence , the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection. Even Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould, while extolling the beauty of evolution and examining case studies, have not focused on the evidence itself. Yet the proof is vast, varied, and magnificent, drawn from many different fields of science. Scientists are observing species splitting into two and are finding more and more fossils capturing change in the past-dinosaurs that have sprouted feathers, fish that have grown limbs.

Why Evolution Is True weaves together the many threads of modern work in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy that demonstrate the "indelible stamp" of the processes first proposed by Darwin. In crisp, lucid prose accessible to a wide audience, Why Evolution Is True dispels common misunderstandings and fears about evolution and clearly confirms that this amazing process of change has been firmly established as a scientific truth.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2009
ISBN: 9780670020539
Branch Call Number: 576.8 COY
Characteristics: xx, 282 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jul 08, 2018

I knew a bit about evolution prior to reading Coyne's book, but this certainly fleshed out my barebones knowledge. It's a must-read.

DCPL_Brian Jan 04, 2017

Coyne lays out the theory of evolution in this concise, comprehensible book. Under a less controversial title, "Why Evolution is True" could be a high school textbook.

Apr 22, 2016

Case made to show that the evidence for evolution is overwhelming. ID & Creationism have a problem with no verifiable data or facts.

Feb 13, 2012

Why Evolution Is Not True: God Said. Or possibly, some people who think they have God in their back pockets said. Why Evolution Is True: Jerry Coyne created a thorough, 270-odd page explanation, in clear, elegant prose. This book could be 10-times, or 100-times longer, and why not? The author has 3 billion years of experience to back him up

Dec 30, 2011


Dec 18, 2011

An excellent book that explains evolution and the data that supports it in a clear and concise way. Dr. Coyne uses everyday examples that anybody should easily be able to relate to.

roaddogg09 May 05, 2011

'Why Evolution is True' is an excellent book! Prof. Coyne explains complex issues in easy-to-understand terms. He also makes it fun and interesting, which is the ultimate goal when writing a general-reader type book. I like how Coyne will explain a specific topic, and then show how it can only be explained with evolutionary theory. Even if you know and accept evolutionary theory, this is a great book, and well-worth reading! I will definitely be recommending 'Why Evolution is True' to friends and family who want to discover the beauty of evolution, and science in general.

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