The Crucible of Creation

The Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals

Author: Simon Conway Morris

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press


Category: Science

Page: 242

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An accomplished paleontologist describes the amazing Cambrian fossils of the Burgess Shale, a deposit in Western Canada, recreates the diversity of life as it existed when the fossils were formed, and critiques Stephen Jay Gould's observations on the find. UP.

Species of Origins

America's Search for a Creation Story

Author: Karl Giberson,Donald A. Yerxa

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742507654

Category: Religion

Page: 277

View: 4816

In Species of Origins, Karl W. Giberson and Donald A. Yerxa examine America's controversial conversation about creation and evolution. While noting that part of the discord stems from the growing cultural and religious diversity of the United States, they argue powerfully that the real issue is the headlong confrontation between two seemingly incompatible worldviews upon which millions of Americans rely: modern naturalistic science and traditional Judeo-Christian religions. Visit our website for sample chapters!

The Rough Guide to the Energy Crisis

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 184836329X

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 1674

From the opening and closing of oceans over millions of years to the overnight reshaping of landscapes by volcanoes, the Earth beneath our feet is constantly changing. The Rough Guide to the Earth explores all aspects of our dynamic planet, from the planet’s origins and evolution and the seasons and tides to melting ice caps, glaciers and climate change. Featuring many spectacular images and helpful diagrams, this Rough Guide provides a fascinating and accessible introduction to Earth science.

Biological Anthropology and Prehistory

Exploring Our Human Ancestry

Author: Patricia C. Rice,Norah Moloney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317349814

Category: Social Science

Page: 592

View: 8997

Written specifically for courses that cover biological anthropology and archaeology, this superbly illustrated new text offers the most balanced and up-to-date introduction to our human past. Devoting equal time to biological anthropology and prehistory, this text exposes students to the many sides of major controversial issues, involving students in the scientific thought process by allowing them to draw their own conclusions. Amidst discussions of bones and artifacts, the text maintains a focus on people, demonstrating to students how biological anthropology and archaeology apply to their lives today. Featuring the latest research and findings pulled from the original sources, this new text is far and away the most up-to-date text available. In addition, the superior art program features hundreds of photographs and figures, and the multimedia presentation options include documentary film clips and lecture launcher videos. Pat Rice, a recipient of AAA’s Outstanding Teacher Award and past-president of the General Anthropology Division of AAA, and Norah Moloney, an experienced professor and active archaeologist, present the material in a clear, refreshing, and straightforward writing style.

The Dialectics of Creation

Creation and the Creator in Edward Schillebeeckx and David Burrell

Author: Martin G. Poulsom

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567018016

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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This book investigates the philosophical components of Christian faith in creation, by analyzing the distinction and the relation between creation and its Creator.The writings of Edward Schillebeeckx and David Burrell supply a terminology of distinction and relation that shapes the discourse, following in the footsteps of Aquinas. Poulsom elucidates the relational dialectic in the thought of Schillebeeckx as a way of thinking about the Creation and offers a helpful comparison with the thought of David Burrell. Relational dialectic is an organizing principle, not only of Schillebeeckx's account of creation, but of his philosophical theology more generally. It can operate as a hermeneutic for his material on praxis and humanism, in a way that resolves some problems noted by other Schillebeeckx scholars. Poulsom's interpretation of Schillebeeckx enriches current approaches to this thinker and offers a significant contribution to thinking on the doctrine of Creation and issues surrounding the 'ontological distinction' which is of major concern in philosophical theology today.

The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event

Author: Barry D. Webby,Florentin Paris,Mary L. Droser,Ian G. Percival

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231501633

Category: Science

Page: 496

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Two of the greatest evolutionary events in the history of life on Earth occurred during Early Paleozoic time. The first was the Cambrian explosion of skeletonized marine animals about 540 million years ago. The second was the "Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event," which is the focus of this book. During the 46-million-year Ordovician Period (489–443 m.y.), a bewildering array of adaptive radiations of "Paleozoic- and Modern-type" biotas appeared in marine habitats, the first animals (arthropods) walked on land, and the first non-vascular bryophyte-like plants (based on their cryptospore record) colonized terrestrial areas with damp environments. This book represents a compilation by a large team of Ordovician specialists from around the world, who have enthusiastically cooperated to produce this first globally orientated, internationally sponsored IGCP (International Geological Correlation Program) project on Ordovician biotas. The major part is an assembly of genus- and species-level diversity data for the many Ordovician fossil groups. The book also presents an evaluation of how each group diversified through Ordovician time, with assessments of patterns of change and rates of origination and extinction. As such, it will become the standard work and data source for biotic studies on the Ordovician Period.


What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511426

Category: Science

Page: 408

View: 723

Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before. The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution. In this engaging and richly illustrated book, Donald R. Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creationism," Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from chimpanzee to human. Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and details the debate between biologists over the mechanisms driving the evolutionary process. Evolution is an absorbing combination of firsthand observation, scientific discovery, and trenchant analysis. With the teaching of evolution still an issue, there couldn't be a better moment for a book clarifying the nature and value of fossil evidence. Widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of life on this planet is far more awe inspiring than the narrow view of extremists.

Bringing Fossils to Life

An Introduction to Paleobiology

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231536909

Category: Science

Page: 672

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One of the leading textbooks in its field, Bringing Fossils to Life applies paleobiological principles to the fossil record while detailing the evolutionary history of major plant and animal phyla. It incorporates current research from biology, ecology, and population genetics, bridging the gap between purely theoretical paleobiological textbooks and those that describe only invertebrate paleobiology and that emphasize cataloguing live organisms instead of dead objects. For this third edition Donald R. Prothero has revised the art and research throughout, expanding the coverage of invertebrates and adding a discussion of new methodologies and a chapter on the origin and early evolution of life.

Terrible Beauty: A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century

The People and Ideas that Shaped the Modern Mind: A History

Author: Peter Watson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 178022673X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 848

View: 8083

A history of the twentieth century which covers all the ideas, people, great events, literary and artistic movements, scientific discoveries which have shaped the twentieth century. Terrible Beauty presents a unique narrative of the twentieth century. Unlike more conventional histories, where the focus is on political events and personalities, on wars, treaties and elections, this book concentrates on the ideas that made the century so rich, rewarding and provocative. Beginning with four seminal ideas which were introduced in 1900 - the unconscious, the gene, the quantum and Picasso's first paintings in Paris - the book brings together the main areas of thought and juxtaposes the most original and influential ideas of our time in an immensely readable narrative. From the creation of plastic to Norman Mailer, from the discovery of the 'Big Bang' to the Counterculture, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Salman Rushdie, and Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the book's range is encyclopedic. We meet in these pages the other twentieth century, the writers, the artists, the scientists and philosophers who were not cowed by the political and military disasters raging around them, and produced some of the most amazing and rewarding ideas by which we live. Terrible Beauty, endlessly stimulating and provocative, affirms that there was much more to the twentieth century than war and genocide.

Animal Evolution

Genomes, Fossils, and Trees

Author: Maximilian J. Telford,D. Timothy J. Littlewood

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199549427

Category: Science

Page: 245

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Describing and understanding the evolution of the diversity of bodyplans is a major goal of evolutionary biology. Taking a modern, integrated approach to this question, a group of leading researchers describe how modern techniques and disciplines have been combined, resulting in a dramatic renaissance in the study of animal evolution.

True Scientists, True Faith

Author: R. J. Berry

Publisher: Monarch Books

ISBN: 0857215418

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 6337

Some atheistic campaigners continue to stress that science and faith are incompatible. This is simply untrue, as the distinguished contributors to this volume demonstrate. Scientists from a variety of different disciplines have provided their own accounts of how their science and their personal faith intersect .They come from a range of Christian backgrounds, but all are orthodox believers. Contributors include: Francis Collins, Human Genome Scientist Bob White, Professor of Geophysics, University of Cambridge Alister McGrath, Professor of Science and Religion, Oxford This new edition combines selected essays from both REAL SCIENCE, REAL FAITH and REAL SCIENTISTS, REAL FAITH, and includes five new contributions from distinguished younger scientists.

Developmental Plasticity and Evolution

Author: Mary Jane West-Eberhard

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198028567

Category: Science

Page: 916

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The first comprehensive synthesis on development and evolution: it applies to all aspects of development, at all levels of organization and in all organisms, taking advantage of modern findings on behavior, genetics, endocrinology, molecular biology, evolutionary theory and phylogenetics to show the connections between developmental mechanisms and evolutionary change. This book solves key problems that have impeded a definitive synthesis in the past. It uses new concepts and specific examples to show how to relate environmentally sensitive development to the genetic theory of adaptive evolution and to explain major patterns of change. In this book development includes not only embryology and the ontogeny of morphology, sometimes portrayed inadequately as governed by "regulatory genes," but also behavioral development and physiological adaptation, where plasticity is mediated by genetically complex mechanisms like hormones and learning. The book shows how the universal qualities of phenotypes--modular organization and plasticity--facilitate both integration and change. Here you will learn why it is wrong to describe organisms as genetically programmed; why environmental induction is likely to be more important in evolution than random mutation; and why it is crucial to consider both selection and developmental mechanism in explanations of adaptive evolution. This book satisfies the need for a truly general book on development, plasticity and evolution that applies to living organisms in all of their life stages and environments. Using an immense compendium of examples on many kinds of organisms, from viruses and bacteria to higher plants and animals, it shows how the phenotype is reorganized during evolution to produce novelties, and how alternative phenotypes occupy a pivotal role as a phase of evolution that fosters diversification and speeds change. The arguments of this book call for a new view of the major themes of evolutionary biology, as shown in chapters on gradualism, homology, environmental induction, speciation, radiation, macroevolution, punctuation, and the maintenance of sex. No other treatment of development and evolution since Darwin's offers such a comprehensive and critical discussion of the relevant issues. Developmental Plasticity and Evolution is designed for biologists interested in the development and evolution of behavior, life-history patterns, ecology, physiology, morphology and speciation. It will also appeal to evolutionary paleontologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and teachers of general biology.

Ausgestorben, um zu bleiben

Dinosaurier und ihre Nachfahren

Author: Bernhard Kegel

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832184031

Category: Nature

Page: 250

View: 5157

Sie beherrschten die Kontinente über 170 Millionen Jahre, mehr als tausendmal länger, als es Menschen gibt, und sie waren die gewaltigsten Wesen, die je auf irdischem Boden wandelten. Ist es zu glauben, dass über Dinosaurier zwar ganze Jugendbuchbibliotheken existieren, aber kein einziges aktuelles Buch, das sich an ein erwachsenes Publikum richtet? Kenntnisreich und amüsant zeigt Bernhard Kegel, dass das Bild, das man sich von den Vorzeitechsen machte, sich immer wieder gewandelt hat, seit der britische Anatom Richard Owen ihnen vor etwa 170 Jahren ihren Namen gab. Neue Fossilfunde, wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse und technische Errungenschaften zeigen, dass sie mehrere zum Teil drastische Metamorphosen durchliefen, von der kriechenden Rieseneidechse zum aufrecht stehenden Drachen wurden, vom schwerfälligen Kaltblüter zum dynamischen und intelligenten Jäger und zuletzt von der beschuppten Echse zum gefiederten Riesenhuhn. Denn heute wissen wir, dass viele Dinosaurier Federn hatten und unsere Vögel allesamt ihre Nachfahren sind. Bernhard Kegels Entdeckungsreise in die Welt der Paläontologie und in die Wissenschafts-, Kultur- und Filmgeschichte ist ebenso überraschend wie spannend.

American Scientist

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Greek letter societies

Page: N.A

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Killers in the Brain

Essays in Science and Technology from the Royal Institution

Author: P. Day

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198505402

Category: Science

Page: 172

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Killers in the Brain presents a selection of wide-ranging essays from the Royal Institution, offering fascinating and authoritative accounts of current thinking in many areas of science and technology. The subjects are as wide-ranging as ever, from Simon Conway Morris (author of the best-selling Crucible of creation) discussing the fossils of the Burgess Shale, and whether there can ever really be a chance of finding other life in the Universe, to Robert Matthews' highly entertaining scientific analysis of Murphy's Law. Also in this volume are essays on neurodegenerative diseases or 'brain killers', such as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, a scientific exploration of the human singing voice, and Russell Stannard writing on the Big Bang, and whether, given our current knowledge of this event, a place can ever be found within such a theory for a Creator. The book finishes with a look at the worrying increase in asthma and allergies world-wide, and an account of the phenomenon called El Nino, an event which has a significant effect on the weather conditions throughout the world and causes death and destruction in many countries.

Real Scientists, Real Faith

17 leading scientists reveal the harmony between their science and their faith

Author: R. J. Berry

Publisher: Monarch Books

ISBN: 0857213695

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 6019

The science / faith debate rages on. Yet many leading scientists have an active Christian faith. Here 17 scientists, all esteemed by their peers, tackle two questions: What difference their faith makes to their scientific practice; and What difference their science makes to their understanding of their faith. Contributors include: Francis Collins, Director, Human Genome Project Joan Centrella, Chief of the Gravitational Astrophysics Laboratory, NASA Bob White, Professor of Geophysics, University of Cambridge Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, King's College London, and molecular biologist Wilson Poon, Professor of Physics, University of Edinburgh



Author: Charlaine Harris

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423405929

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8786

Teil 4 der Serie Harper Connelly, die Tote aufspürende junge Frau, wird diesmal nicht nur mit einem geheimnisvollen Todesfall konfrontiert, sondern auch mit ihrer Vergangenheit. Während sie in Texas auftragsgemäß dem Tod eines reichen Patriarchen nachspürt, erfährt ihr scheinbarer Stiefbruder und Lebensgefährte Tolliver, dass sein Vater aus dem Gefängnis entlassen wurde. Harper fürchtet den manipulativen Mann, der sich wieder in ihr Leben drängt. Doch endlich wird das Geheimnis um ihre verschwundene Schwester Cameron gelüftet.

A Fine-tuned Universe

The Quest for God in Science and Theology : the 2009 Gifford Lectures

Author: Alister E. McGrath

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 262

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Exploring a wide range of physical and biological phenomena and drawing on the latest research in biochemistry and evolutionary biology, McGrath draws out the implications of our new understanding of the natural world for traditional debates about the existence of God. --from publisher description.