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Darwin's Ghost
The Origin of Species Updated
Written by Steve Jones

Darwin's Ghost
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Category: Science - Evolution; Science - Genetics; Science
Imprint: Ballantine Books
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: April 2001
Price: $17.00
Can. Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42277-4 (0-345-42277-5)
Pages: 416



 
Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species is probably the best-known, least-read book. One of the most important achievements of the past millennium, it did for biology what Galileo did for astronomy: made it into a single science rather than a collection of unrelated facts. Important though Origin remains, its examples and intricate Victorian prose are now a century and a half old. They are ripe for renewal and reaffirmation. Writing as "Darwin's ghost," eminent geneticist Steve Jones updates this seminal work—and restates evolution's case for the 21st century.

Using modern examples—the AIDS virus, the puzzles of sexual selection, the physiology and psychology of pets, and the unparalleled genetic success of our own species—he shows the power and immediacy of Darwin's great argument and makes us appreciate how it makes life make sense. Eye-opening and entertaining, filled with astonishing facts, amusing anecdotes, and the very latest research, Darwin's Ghost is contemporary science writing at its very best.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Steve Jones is the Professor of Genetics at University College London. He regularly appears on British TV and radio, and wrote and presented a hugely successful BBC TV series called "In the Blood." His previous books include The Language of Genes, winner of the prestigious Rhône-Poulenc Science Book Prize. He lives in London.


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