Of Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale : the Untold Story of Science and the Peppered Moth

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - Всего страниц: 377
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In the 1950s, a British physician and amateur lepidopterist named H. B. D. Kettlewell went into the English woods to catch "evolution in action" among the now-famous Peppered Moths. His work became "Darwin's missing evidence," an evolutionary experiment as influential as any in the last century. Compellingly told, Of Moths and Men reveals Kettlewell to be a deluded scientist, a man tyrannized by his mentor, the powerful E. B. Ford, an imperious, eccentric Oxford don, a Darwinian zealot determined to crush all enemies in his path. In a revelatory, controversial work that will be debated for years to come, Judith Hooper uncovers the intellectual rivalries, petty jealousies, and faulty science behind one of the most famous experiments--and myths--in the history of evolutionary biology. Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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OF MOTHS AND MEN: The Untold Story of Science and the Peppered Moth

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Knowledgeable freelance journalist Hooper (Would the Buddha Wear a Walkman?, 1990) shoots down an icon of evolution in action—in a well-written account of the life and times of the peppered moth and ... Читать весь отзыв

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Story of the “peppered moth” that became famous as the example of evolution in progress when dark forms replaced light forms in heavily polluted England. This book highlights the sloppy thinking and ... Читать весь отзыв

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The moonlit world
5
What Darwin missed
17
Natural selection reduced to arithmetic
36
The private lives of insects
70
EB Ford and his enemies
93
Triumph in Birmingham
111
A most influential home movie
127
A reptiles leg into a birds wing
148
The goose that laid the golden eggs
207
It was a bird feeder
243
A damn good story
280
Notes
318
Bibliography
341
Glossary
356
Picture Credits
365
Index
367

The cost of selection
182

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Judith Hooper has written for The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Book Review, and many other publications; she is the author of The Three-Pound Universe. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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