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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New Ed edition (22 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192854542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192854544
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 10.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Jonathan Howard has produced an intellectual tour de force, a classic in the genre of popular scientific exposition which will still be read in fifty years' time. (Times Literary Supplement)

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Jonathan Howard was Head of the Department of Immunology at the Babraham Institute, near Cambridge, and is now Professor of Cell Genetics at the Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany. He is a fellow of the Royal Society.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2001
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A very digestible read and a good example of how useful this series of Oxford paperbacks is.
This is a book that you can spin through in a day and draw on, if like me, you are studying the Introduction to the Humanities course with the Open University. Until I read this I would have told anyone that I had no interest in evolution and natural selection or the History of Science but this book actually makes the subject interesting!
I have since read a number of other books in the series and can recommend those on Paine and Hume.
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As a very small child I would, of a Sunday, accompanied by my parents, walk up to Downe - which I naturally thought very funny. Whether they knew that Darwin had lived there, I don't know, but I doubt they would have approved of him, for I grew up, being led to believe that he was, if not bad, then certainly a dangerous man - so much for Faith Schools!

This biography seems - so far as I as a non-scientist am able to tell, to be a model of its kind, and written in a no-nonsense straight-forward manner - to have little if anything to which one can take exception.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Lawton on 15 May 2003
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There is something about Darwin and his theories that defy attempts at synopsis. This book addresses that issue and gives the intelligent reader a good grounding in this persistently controversial area. All the VSI books I have read have been very well put together. Recommended.
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As another reviewer mentioned, this is not a really biography about Darwin, but rather a discussion about his theories and the way he developed them. It is not quite such an easy read as others in this series, but would suit those who are seriously studying evolution.
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