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From Kansas to Dover, Pennsylvania, the debate over including intelligent design as part of the science curriculum has been catapulted to the forefront of national discussion. Random House, Inc. publishes a broad range of titles examining the history of the theory of evolution, its related developments, and its controversies. Many of these books address the larger historic, political, scientific, and religious questions at the forefront of the debate.

Evolutionary Theory
Evolution and the Separation of Church and State
Evolution and the Debate over Science and Religion
Genetics

Evolutionary Theory

book cover Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives
Written By: David Sloan Wilson
About the Book:Evolution for Everyone is a remarkable contribution. No other author has managed to combine mastery of the subject with such a clear and interesting explanation of what it all means for human self-understanding. Aimed at the general reader, yet peppered with ideas original enough to engage scholars, it is truly a book for our time.” —Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of On Human Nature


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The Origin of Species
Written By: Charles Darwin
About the Book: 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: the revolutionary theory of evolution by means of natural selection that it presented provoked a furious reaction that continues to this day.


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book cover Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory
Written By: Edward Larson
About the Book: Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J. Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin’s “dangerous idea,” from its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the present. Replete with fresh material and new insights, Evolution is an expert, taut, and comprehensive history of a controversial and important scientific theory.


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book cover Darwin for Beginners
Written By: Jonathan Miller and Borin Van Loon
About the Book: Splendidly illustrated, this clever, witty, highly informative book is the perfect introduction to Darwin’s life and thought.


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book cover The Beak of The Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
Written By: Jonathan Weiner
About the Book: “An engaging narrative of a modern scientific study that will forever change the way that we view evolution.... This is a rare book: The Beak of the Finch is at once absorbing scientific history, deftly crafted popular science treatise and engagingly personal narrative.” —The Los Angeles Times Book Review


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Evolution and the Separation of Church and State

book coverInherit The Wind
Written By: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
About the Book: Inherit the Wind is a play based on the famous trial regarding the legality of teaching evolution in the classroom: Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes, or as it would come to be known, the Scopes “Monkey Trial.” It is far more than the story of twelve exciting days in a Tennessee courtroom; it is a narrative of a nation and its people as they struggle to come to grips with the forces of change.


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book coverWhat's God Got to Do with It?: Robert Ingersoll on Free Thought, Honest Talk and the Separation of Church and State
Written By: Robert Ingersoll
Edited By:
Tim Page
About the Book: An outspoken and unapologetic agnostic, Robert Ingersoll was a fervent champion of the separation of church and state, and a tireless advocate of the rights of women and African Americans. Edited and with a biographical introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Page, this new popular collection of Ingersoll’s thought—distilled from the twelve-volume set of his works, his copious letters, and various newspaper interviews—promises to put Ingersoll back where he belongs, in the forefront of independent American thought.


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Evolution and the Debate over Science and Religion

book coverThe Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
Written By: The Dalai Lama
About the Book: After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why both science and spirituality must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examination of reality.


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book coverRocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life
Written By: Stephen Jay Gould
About the Book: Gould sheds new light on a dilemma that has plagued thinking people since the Renaissance. Instead of choosing between science and religion, Gould asks, why not opt for a golden mean that accords dignity and distinction to each realm? “People of good will wish to see science and religion at peace.... I do not see how science and religion could be unified, or even synthesized, under any common scheme of explanation or analysis; but I also do not understand why the two enterprises should experience any conflict.” —Stephen Jay Gould


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book coverThe God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes
Written By: Dean H. Hamer
About the Book: “Fascinating.... A compelling case that spirituality very well may be part and parcel of our genetic structure.” —Los Angeles Times



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book coverFire in the Mind: Science, Faith, and the Search for Order
Written By: George Johnson
About the Book: Fire in the Mind is a gripping intellectual adventure story that compels us to ask where science ends and religion begins.



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Genetics

book coverLiving with Our Genes: The Groundbreaking Book About the Science of Personality, Behavior, and Genetic Destiny
Written By: Dean H. Hamer and Peter Copeland
About the Book: "A pioneer in the field of molecular psychology, Hamer is exploring the role genes play in governing the very core of our individuality.  Accessible... provocative."  —Time



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book coverThe Language of Genes
Written By: Steve Jones
About the Book: “This intelligent and informative book deserves to be read widely...provides a vivid demonstration of what a remarkable and fragile product of evolution our species is.” —Nature




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book cover DNA: The Secret of Life
Written By: James D. Watson and Andrew Berry
About the Book: “James Watson has been an eyewitness to each revolution in molecular biology, from the double helix to the genome. He sees further and clearer than anybody else in the field. Give this fabulously good book to anybody who wants to understand what all the excitement is about.” —Matt Ridley, author of Genome


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book cover Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior
Written By: Jonathan Weiner
About the Book: “Stellar. . . . Weiner’s compelling portrait tells how [Seymour Benzer] and his fruit flies bestow one of the most scientifically significant legacies of the century.” —Science News



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