Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea

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Darwin's The Origin of Species was defiantly radical. Yet it emerged long before paleontologists and geologists worked out the chronology of life on Earth. Not until the late twentieth century was the true scope of its power revealed.

This remarkable audio presents a rich and up-to-date view of evolution that explores the far-reaching implications of Darwin's theory and emphasizes the power, significance, and relevance of evolution to our lives today. After all, we ourselves are the product of evolution, and we can tackle many of our gravest challenges -- from the lethal resurgence of antibiotic resistant diseases to the wave of extinctions that looms before us -- with a sound understanding of evolution. It can help us see our lives in connection to everything that has come before and to every form of life on Earth today.

Evolution tells in riveting detail the story of a remarkable scientific journey from the emergence to the triumph of an idea.

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While its opponents may sneer that "it's just a theory," evolution has transcended that label to take its place as one of the most important ideas in human history. Science journalist Carl Zimmer explores its history and future in Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, a companion piece to the epic PBS series of the same name. The book, lavishly illustrated with photos of our distant cousins, anatomical diagrams, and timelines, is as beautiful as it is enlightening. While those closely following the field will find little more here than a well-written summation of the state of the art in 2001, readers who have watched the evolutionary debates from a distance will quickly catch up with the details of the principal arguments.

Zimmer's text is fresh and expansive, explaining both the minutiae of comparative anatomy and the grand scale of geological time with verve and clarity. Following the trend of turn-of-the-century evolution writers, he treats the religious beliefs of creationists with respect, while firmly insisting that the scientific evidence against their position is too compelling to ignore. Touching on biology, philosophy, theology, politics, and nearly every other field of human thought, Evolution will inspire its readers with the elegance and importance of Darwin's simple theory. --Rob Lightner

About the Author:

Carl Zimmer is the author of three well-received books on evolution. A Guggenheim fellow in 2002, he writes regularly for magazines, including National Geographic, Science, Newsweek, and Natural History.



Peter Thomas is a distinguished and versatile narrator, whose voice can be heard on Nova and in innumerable commercials.

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