© 2012

Evolution That Anyone Can Understand


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology book series (BRIEFSEVOLUTION)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Bernard Marcus
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  15. Back Matter
    Pages 115-116

About this book


The function of scientific research is promoting the understanding of the world around us. In theory, anyway, the more we learn, the more potential we have of making our lives better. Thus, we have seen research in electronics provide us with computers, research in chemistry provide us with all manner of synthetics, and research in agriculture provide us with more food. Periodically, scientific research uncovers something that makes some of us uncomfortable. The discovery of the link between smoking and lung cancer and heart disease was not received well by the tobacco industry, and the link between global climate change and fossil fuel use has not been well received by the petroleum industry, to cite just two examples. Usually the response of those whose world has been disrupted by science is denial, often followed by attack on or ridicule of the science that has challenged them. In the long term, however, science usually turns out to be correct.


Copernicus Darwin creationism education intelligent design

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ManliusUSA

About the authors

Bernard Marcus is the author of other books, including: Tropical Forests, Jones and Bartlett, 2008, 200 pp., SC $30.95 Human Nutrition (Cliffs Quick Review), Cliffs Notes, 1997, 192 pp., SC

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“This is the first in a new series, ‘SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology,’ aimed to ‘present concise summaries of cutting-edge research and practical applications across a wide spectrum of fields.’ This small book attempts to meet this goal by addressing ‘core concepts that students must understand in order to make independent contributions.’ … This is a good, short read if one wants to learn about some of the nicest examples of the evolutionary process. … Summing Up: … General readers.” (B. K. Hall, Choice, Vol. 49 (10), June, 2012)

“Evolution That Anyone Can Understand by Bernard Marcus is the latest entry into an increasingly crowded niche filled by titles with relatively homogenous content and standardized structure. … Overall, it is clear that the author has read quite broadly, writes with enthusiasm about the topic of evolution, and has brought a remarkable diversity of up-to-date content to bear on the subject.” (Ross H. Nehm, Science & Education, May, 2012)