BOOK: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought

This is a spectacular volume; it should be in every public and university library.

Michael Ruse, ed. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 568 pp.

This volume is a comprehensive reference work on the life, labors, and influence of the great evolutionist Charles Darwin. With more than sixty essays written by an international group representing the leading scholars in the field, this is the definitive work on Darwin. It covers the background to Darwin’s discovery of the theory of evolution through natural selection, the work he produced and his contemporaries’ reactions to it, and evaluates his influence on science in the 150 years since the publication of Origin of Species. It also explores the implications of Darwin’s discoveries in religion, politics, gender, literature, culture, philosophy, and medicine, critically evaluating Darwin’s legacy. Fully illustrated and clearly written, it is suitable for scholars and students as well as the general reader. The wealth of information it provides about the history of evolutionary thought makes it a crucial resource for understanding the controversies that surround evolution today.

A perusal of the table of contents gives one an impression of the scope of the encyclopedia:

1. Ancient Greece Jeremy Kirby
2. Evolution before Darwin Michael Ruse
3. Darwin, geology David Norman
4. Paleontology, evidence Paul Brinkman
5. Darwin, the route to discovery Jon Hodge
6. Darwin and taxonomy Mary P. Winsor
7. Darwin and the barnacles Marsha Richmond
8. Artificial selection and natural selection Bert Theunissen
9. The Origin of Species Michael Ruse
10. Sexual selection Richard Richards
11. Darwin and species James Mallet
12. Darwin and heredity Robert Olby
13. Time Keith Bennett
14. Darwin and flowers Rich Bellon
15. Early mimicry and adaptation William Kimler and Michael Ruse
16. Chance John Beatty
17. Teleology Jim Lennox
18. Six editions of origin Thierry Hoquet
19. Alfred Russel Wallace John van Wyhe
20. Darwin and humans Greg Radick
21. Language Stephen G. Alter
22. Darwin and morality Eric Charmetant
23. Social Darwinism Naomi Beck
24. Darwin and the levels of selection Brian Hollis, Dan Deen and Chris Zarpentine
25. Darwin and religion Mark Pallen and Alison Pearn
26. Post-Darwin: United Kingdom Peter Bowler
27. Post-Darwin: America Mark Largent
28. Post-Darwin: Germany Bob Richards
29. Post-Darwin: France to 1900 Jean Gayon
30. Post-Darwin: China Haiyan Yang
31. Post-Darwin: South America Thomas F. Glick
32. Botany, early history Dawn Digrius
33. Population genetics Michael Ruse
34. Synthetic theory Joe Cain
35. Ecological genetics David Rudge
36. Post-Darwin: France post 1900 Jean Gayon
37. Botany, later history Betty Smocovitis
38. Origin of life Iris Fry
39. Testing Steve Orzack
40. Mimicry and camouflage Joe Travis
41. Tree of life Joel Velasco
42. Sociobiology Mark Borrello
43. Paleontology, interpretations David Sepkoski
44. Darwin and geography David Livingstone
45. Darwin and the finches Fritz Davis
46. Evo devo Manfred Laubichler and Jane Maienschein
47. Evolutionary ecology Jack Justus
48. Environment David Steffes
49. Darwin and molecular biology Francisco Ayala
50. Darwinian expansions David Depew and Bruce Weber
51. Paleoanthropology Jesse Richmond
52. Language today Barbara J. King
53. Cultural evolution Ken Reisman
54. Literature Gowan Dawson
55. Gender Georgina Montgomery
56. Philosophy-epistemology Tim Lewens
57. Philosophy-ethics Richard Joyce
58. Religion, Protestantism Diarmid Finnegan
59. Creationism history Ron Numbers
60. Religion, Catholicism John Haught
61. Religion, Jewish Marc Swetlitz
62. Religion, Islam Martin Riexinger
63. Medicine Tatjana Buklijas and Peter Gluckman.

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