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#1 geko

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 06:11 AM

I know there's lots of books around on this but i am looking for a new book to read on (how shall i say) 'the workings of evoulition' - hope i make sense. I.e. not what it is but how it works (or both, whatever).

The more recently published the better. I dont mind reading a non-popular science book (i.e. text-book) as long as it's good and up-to-date.

Im asking for a recommendation because i feel maybe as though there is the 'cream of the crop' book on this that im missing (and dont seem to know how to find it even if i see it).

Just to let you know what books ive read on this already (i would like to list them so you get the idea and dont recommend a book ive read):

The origin
Evolution - The triumph of an idea.
The selfish gene
In the blink of an eye
Darwins dangerous idea


Ive read others but they're more of a wide-scope, rather than being 'how evolution works'; such as things like snowball earth, nature via nurture, the blank slate (ive also read all of shermers books on the topic) etc., but i dont want this type of book.

The reason i ask is because i dont think that i have a good enough grounding in evolution, so im looking to expand on that.

I would appreciate it if Tormod, Freethinker or Deamonstar would recommend one to be honest, but grateful to anyone that takes the time to read and post.

Much thanks

Geko.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 11:02 AM

I can recommend a book which is halfway between popularisation and textbook: "Plan & Purpose in Nature" by George C. Williams.

http://www.amazon.co...=books&n=507846
http://www.amazon.co...oks&n=507846<br />

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 11:04 AM

Also, Ernst Mayr's "What Evolution Is"

http://www.amazon.co...=glance&s=books
http://www.amazon.co...ance&s=books<br />

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#4 geko

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Posted 08 June 2004 - 10:21 AM

They're on their way. Great stuff. Thanks.

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Posted 08 June 2004 - 12:02 PM

Another would be another Dawkins book,

River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life.

Gives a very well outlined explanation of speciation.

An on the topic, but from a philosophical direction:

American Inquisitors
Walter Lippmann.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:51 PM

Originally posted by: Freethinker
Another would be another Dawkins book,



River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life.


WOW, that's already on its way - that and A Devils Chaplain, both for a pound! Posted Image

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