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    The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

    The Blind Watchmaker is a 1986 book by Richard Dawkins in which he presents an explanation of, and argument for, the theory of evolution by means of natural selection. He also presents arguments to refute certain criticisms made on his previous book The Selfish Gene. (Both books are intended to popularise the gene-centric view of evolution.)

    River Out Of Eden by Richard Dawkins

    River Out of Eden (subtitled "A Darwinian View of Life") is a 1995 popular science book by Richard Dawkins. The book is about Darwinian evolution and includes summaries of the topics covered in his earlier books, The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype and The Blind Watchmaker. It is part of the Science Masters series and is Dawkins' shortest book. It also includes illustrations by Lalla Ward, Dawkins' wife. The book's name is derived from passage 2:10 of Genesis relating to the Garden of Eden. The King James Version reads "And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. " River Out of Eden comprises five chapters. The first chapter lays down the framework on which the rest of the book is built, that life is a river of genes flowing through geological time where organisms are mere temporary bodies. The second chapter shows how human ancestry can be traced via many gene pathways to different most recent common ancestors, with special emphasis on the African Eve. The third chapter describes how gradual enhancement via natural selection is the only mechanism which can create the complexity we observe all around us in nature. The fourth chapter expounds on the utter indifference of genes towards organisms they build and discard, in their relentless drive to maximize their own utility functions. The last chapter summarizes milestones during the evolution of life on Earth and speculates on how similar processes may work in alien planetary systems.

    Charles Darwin by Janet Browne

    Janet Browne trained as a biologist, took her Ph.D. in the history of science, and has served as associate editor of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin. She is the author of several books and many scholarly papers. She is professor in the history of biology at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London and is currently president of the British Society for the History of Science.

    Darwin's Dangerous Idea by Daniel C Dennett

    Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life is a book by Daniel Dennett which argues that Darwinian processes are the central organizing force that gives rise to complexity. Dennett asserts that natural selection is a blind and algorithmic process which is sufficiently powerful to account for the generation and evolution of life including the ins and outs of human minds and societies.

    The Fossil Trail by Ian Tattersall

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    The Extended Phenotype by Richard Dawkins

    The Extended Phenotype (subtitled "The Gene as the Unit of Selection", and later, "The Long Reach of the Gene") is a 1982 book by Richard Dawkins. A revised edition was published in 1999 with an afterword by the philosopher Daniel Dennett. Dawkins considers the concept of the Extended Phenotype to be his principal contribution to evolutionary theory.

    Collapse by Jared Diamond

    Diamond identifies five factors that contribute to collapse: climate change, hostile neighbors, collapse of essential trading partners, environmental problems, and failure to adapt to environmental issues. He also lists 12 environmental problems facing mankind today. The first eight have historically contributed to the collapse of past societies: Deforestation and habitat destruction Soil problems (erosion, salinization, and soil fertility losses) Water management problems Overhunting Overfishing Effects of introduced species on native species Overpopulation Increased per-capita impact of people Further, he says four new factors may contribute to the weakening and collapse of present and future societies: Anthropogenic climate change Buildup of toxins in the environment Energy shortages Full human utilization of the Earth’s photosynthetic capacity Diamond also writes about cultural factors, such as the apparent reluctance of the Greenland Norse to eat fish. The root problem in all but one of Diamond's factors leading to collapse is overpopulation relative to the practicable (as opposed to the ideal theoretical) carrying capacity of the environment. The one factor not related to overpopulation is the harmful effect of accidentally or intentionally introducing nonnative species to a region. Diamond also states that "it would be absurd to claim that environmental damage must be a major factor in all collapses: the collapse of the Soviet Union is a modern counter-example, and the destruction of Carthage by Rome in 146 BC is an ancient one. It's obviously true that military or economic factors alone may suffice" (p. 15). Societal collapse Wavefunction collapse Collapse (Album), an album by the American metalcore band Across Five Aprils Collapse (medical) Collapse (structural) Collapse of the Soviet Union, the collapse of Soviet federalism Cave-in is a kind of structural collapse Collapse, the action a collapsible or telescoping object does Collapse (book) by Jared M.

    The Descent Of Woman by Elaine Morgan

    Life On Earth - a Natural History by David Attenborough

    Evolution by Brian Charlesworth

    The Malay Archipelago by Alfred Russel Wallace

    Principles Of Geology by Charles Lyell

    Human Evolution by Bernard Wood

    The Lowell Lectures On the Ascent Of Man by Henry Drummond

    Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes by Stephen Jay Gould

    The Evolution Of Man by Ernst Haeckel

    The Emergence Of Man by John E Pfeiffer

    The Origin Of Species By Means Of Natural Selection, or The Preservation Of Favoured Races In the Struggle For Life by Charles Darwin

    The Cult Of the Serpent by Balaji Mundkur

    The Dragons Of Eden Speculations On the Evolution Of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan

    Origins by Louis S Leakey

    Life In Darwin's Universe Evolution and The Cosmos by Gene Bylinsky

Evolution Books & Ephemera



    Adaptation and origin in the plant world: the role of environment in evolution by Clements, Frederic, Martin, Emmett V., Long, Frances L

    The Chronica Botanica Company, Waltham, Mass., 1950. 1st edition. Hard covers, no dust jacket. Good /No Jacket. Ex-library copy. A late-flowering tract on Lamarckian evolution. Cover rather dulled, but internally a very good copy. xii, 332 pp.



    Future Human Evolution: Eugenics in the Twenty-First Century by Glad, John

    Schuylkill Haven, PA: Hermitage Publishers. As New/As New. 2006. Hard Cover. 8vo 1557791546 Glad, John. Main Title: Future human evolution : eugenics in the twenty-first century / John Glad. Schuylkill Haven, PA : Hermitage Publishers, 2006. Description: 136 p. ; 24 cm. ISBN: 1557791546 .




    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968. A fine association copy from the library of W. T. Stearn with gift inscription to Stearn autographed and signed by the author to the title page: "For Mr William T. Stearn, botanist and scholar extraordinary Arthur Cronquist"; signature of W. T. Stearn and his bookplate to the front end paper. 396 pages, a few b/w illustrations. Original black hardcover binding, very good witha little wear to the head/tail of the spine. Contents clean and tight. A very good association copy. [Provenance: from the library of Prof. William Stearn, "doyen of British botanists" who wrote c. 500 papers and books, including the classic "Botanical Latin". He was an authority on Linnaeus and an expert on botanical illustration.]. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 8vo.



    THE BLIND WATCHMAKER ( Penguin Science ) by Dawkins, Richard

    UK: Penguin, 1991. PB, pictorial card covers, 340pp, b/w illus. Moderate rubbing, creasing to covers, inside has a hint of tanning to page edges, else square clean & tight. Argues for Darwin's big idea.. Reprint. Soft Cover. Very Good. Illus. by By Photographs. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    Principles of Geology, 6th Edition [in 3 volumes, volumes 2 and 3 only] by Lyell, Charles

    London: John Murray, 1840. Sixth Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Original publisher's binding quarter cloth over paper boards with original paper spine labels. A good, unsophisticated partial set. Boards worn at corners. Vol. II binding needs to be re-sewn, as front hinge has separated. xi, 479, [i]; xii, 476, [iv], many pages un-opened.



    Blind Watchmaker, The by Richard Dawkins

    Penguin UK, 2006. Paperback. New. Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years, The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. A brilliant and controversial book, which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection – the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin – is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist?SKU: MM-40017391; EAN: 9780141026169



    The Emergence Of Man by Pfeiffer John E

    London: Cardinal/Sphere Books, 1973. 464 pages. Book is in Very good condition throughout. The only exception is a small inscription to the inside page. Man Is The Only Living Creature Who Can Study Himself And Look For His Own Beginnings.. Reprint. Paperback. Very Good/None Issued.



    Until the Sun Dies by Jastrow, Robert

    New York: Readers Library. Hardcover. 0393064158 Excellent condition, hardcover, dj is clipped and has two small clean tears but otherwise in good condition and protected with new Brodart. There is a ersonal inscription in ink by previous owner between loose front endpaper and half-title page. Otherwise, this copy is unmarked and completely clean throughout. Robert Jastrow was founder and first Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. His previous book, "Red Giants and White Dwarfs", outlined the history of the Universe up to the threshhold of life. "Until the Sun Dies" carries the story into the present and the future. Scientifically informed, poetically written, and respectful of the mysteriousness of the processes of creation that have shaped our world, this book gives a fresh perspective on man's place in the Cosmos. Read it. . Very Good. 1977.


    AUD $28.00

    The Descent of Woman by Elaine Morgan

    Souvenir Press, London, 1972. First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Very Good. This is the first UK edition. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Slight foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Dust Jacket worn at edges, small chips and tears. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Edges slightly foxed. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Women & Feminism; ISBN: 0285620630. ISBN/EAN: 9780285620636. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 16821. . 9780285620636



    Emigration fields. by Matthew, Patrick

    Edinburgh: Black, 1839. Inscribed to Social Reformer Thomas Atwood Matthew, Patrick (1790-1874). Emigration fields. 12mo. xi, [1], 237, [1]pp., adverts. 2 large folding maps engraved by Sidney Hall. Edinburgh: Black. . . , 1839. 198 x 120 mm. Original cloth, gilt, rebacked preserving original backstrip, worn & spotted. Light browning but still very good. First Edition, Inscribed by Matthew to Thomas Attwood (1783-1856) on endpaper."To Thomas Atwood M.P. Esq from P. Matthew" This plan for British emigration to North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand was informed by Matthew's ideas on natural selection, which he first expressed in 1831, fully anticipating Darwin. Matthew speculates on the influence of environmental conditions, for example in southern Africa, where he predicts that the native population, perfectly adapted to the climate, and now governed by a more humane colonial policy, will grow at a faster rate than the colonial population. Matthew presented this copy to the social reformer and M. P. Thomas Attwood, who presented the Chartists' petition for universal suffrage and other democratic rights to the House of Commons in June of 1839 (see DNB).This is the only book inscribed by Patrick Matthew that we have seen on the market in more than 40 years.During the same period we have never seen an autograph letter by Matthew for sale. Thus is an extremely opportunity to obrtain Patrick Matthew's autograph, etc.



    This Wonder-Working Canal : A History of the Tyrone Navigation by McIlvenna Thomas

    Coalisland Canal Branch IWAI, 2005. Detailedand well illustrated history of the Coalisland Canal and its predecessors and related industries. 415pp. VG copy in glazed boards with dust wrapper. Scarce.. 1st. Glazed Boards. VG/VG. Large 8vo.



    The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution by Tattersall, Ian

    Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A: Oxford Univ Press, 1995. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. F/F. Unmarked. Unclipped.



    Evolution in the Genus Drosophila [Sir John Burnett's copy] by Patterson, J.T. & Stone, W.S

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1952. Illustrated, small 8vo, pp (8), 610, slightly age-toned, very slightly used internally, (the edge of the folding plate is slightly proud of the fore-edge), decorated cloth very slightly worn, a slight tear to the upper joint. [From the library of Sir John Burnett, with his signature on the front endpaper. A distinguished academic career and a lifelong interest in fungi, botany and nature conservation made him the ideal champion for biological recording in the UK. He held that effective nature conservation could be achieved only if good quality information about species and their habitats was accessible to all who needed it - a belief that made him perfectly suited to run the National Biodiversity Network, founded in 2000. He was convinced that academics with high administrative posts must continue with some personal research, in his case on the myxomycetes.]. First Edition. Cloth. Good.



    ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Darwin Charles

    London: John Murray, 1892. Sixth edition, with additions and corrections. With a folding diagram. 8vo, publisher’s original dark green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and in blind on the upper and lower covers. xxi, 432. Includes glossary and index. A very clean and well-preserved copy with only a bit of age or mellowing, hinges strong, corners all good, the cloth bright and the gilt in very nice condition. Unusual thus. THE GREATEST WORK IN SCIENCE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY AND THE MOST IMPORTANT BIOLOGICAL WORK EVER PENNED. An important early edition of "the most influential scientific work of the nineteenth century" and "the most important biological work ever written" (Horblit, Freeman). Darwin's elaboration of the theory of natural selection laid the groundwork for the controversy over the evolution of man, and with only slight modification by such scientists as Stephen Jay Gould, Darwin's ideas remain the umbra under which most current biological research is conducted. The repercussions of Darwin’s theory on religious, scientific, sociological and philosophical thought was the result of what Garrison considered “the most wonderful piece of sythesis in the history of science.” Darwin brought man to his true place in nature and accomplished a revolution. Darwin had intended the book to be an abstract of his 'big book' on transmutation, of which only the first part (VARIATION UNDER DOMESTICATION, 1868) was published in his lifetime. The first edition of “Origin” had a print run of only 1250 copies and was sold out in a day. This is a printing of the sixth edition. The sixth is generally considered to be the “last” edition and it first appeared in 1872. It included a new chapter, VII, which was inserted to confute the views of the Roman Catholic biologist St George Mivart. A glossary appears for the first time, and it was in this edition that the word "evolution" appeared for the first time in the work (it was used in the first edition of THE DESCENT OF MAN in the previous year). As Freeman says, "'Evolved' had been the last word of the text in all previous editions, but 'evolution' had been omitted, perhaps to avoid confusion with the use of the word by Herbert Spencer or with its more particular embryological meaning" (p. 79).



    Evolution's Captain by Nichols, Peter

    HarperCollins, 2004. Reprint. Paperback. New. Follows the story of Robert FitzRoy, the captain of the HMS Beagle , who enlisted Charles Darwin as a companion for a journey originally intended to return natives to their homeland and whose fundamentalist views clashed with those of Darwin, who made his famous discoveries during the voyage. Reprint. 50,000 .SKU: MM-20117289; EAN: 9780060088781



    The God Who Would Be Known: Revelations of the Divine in Contemporary Science by Templeton, John; Herrmann, Robert L

    New York: Templeton Foundation Press. Hardcover. 0062508679 Excellent condition, hardback 1989 FIRST EDITION, no marks, great dust jacket with brodart cover, readit. . New. 1989. First Edition.



    The origin of species by means of natural selection or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life by Darwin, C

    John Murray, 1906. V.g./No Jacket. With portrait frontispiece & tissue guard. Reprint of the 6th edition. Freeman 164.



    Life On Earth: A Natural History by Attenborough David

    London: Collins/British Broadcasting Corporation, 1979. 319 pages. Book is in Very good condition throughout. The only exception is a small inscription to the inside page. This Book Is A Permament Record Of One Of The Most Ambitious Projects Ever Undertaken By British Television As Well As A Standard Introductuion To The Study Of Nature.. Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket.



    Vector Analysis by Phillips, H.B

    New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1945. Blue cloth with silver titles on spine. 236 pages. Bookplate on inside cover and pencilled price on fep. Edgewear. Thanks for shopping with us! 100% of your purchase benefits charity and supports literacy and lifelong learning.. Cloth. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    THE ENTROPY MACHINE by Hammond, Richard E

    Vancouver, 2002. First printing. Cloth bound in very good condition.. Limited printing of 35 copies, numbered and signed by the author; Postcard from one to the author's children laid in, 'Here is my Dad's weird book ...'; 309 pages.



    Origins: What New Discoveries Reveal About the Emergence of Our Species and Its Possible Future by Leakey, Richard E./ Lewin, Roger

    E.P. Dutton & Co., 1977. Hardcover. As New. 1978 Printing, (1e/4p), 264 pgs - Full black cloth on boards with gold letters - In very good condition: The tight pages are clean, and unmarked - The covers have minor edge/corner wear, are clean and unmarked - The endpapers are clean, unmarked with secure hinges - The very good dj has minor edge wear, is clean and unmarked - Contents: What the discoveries in Olduvai Gorge and elsewhere revealed about "Homo erectus" and its possible future. Every phase of anthropology in the field is explained by Leakey at their Lake Turkana, Kenya.dig.




    London: John Murray, 1885. "NINETEENTH THOUSAND" to the title page; pp. xvi, 693. Original green cloth binding with gilt lettering to spine, and blind stamped decoration to boards, bright and fresh with light wear only, a little rubbed to head of spine. Contents clean and tight, original brown coated end papers, bookplate of Joan Emlyn to the front paste-down, light spotting to the front blank and half-title and last page, otherwise more or less unmarked, many pages unopened. A very good to fine copy. [Freeman .]. Second Edition, Revised and Augmented. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo.



    The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution by TATTERSALL, Ian

    New York: Oxford University Press. 1995. First. First edition. Illustrated. Fine in fine dustwrapper. .



    The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin by STANOVICH, Keith E

    Chicago: University of Chicago. 2004. First. First edition. Octavo. 358pp. Both book and dustwrapper are near fine with a small cut on the spine heads. .

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