Using a conceptual framework, THE PRACTICAL SKEPTIC: READINGS IN SOCIOLOGY, 2nd Edition includes classic sociological research writings as well as recent pieces on fascinating topics of interest to students. It is the ideal companion to McIntyre’s text, THE PRACTICAL SKEPTIC: CORE CONCEPTS IN SOCIOLOGY, 2nd Edition or other sociology texts.
Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species is probably the best-known, least-read book. One of the most important achievements of the past millennium, it did for biology what Galileo did for astronomy: made it into a single science rather than a collection of unrelated facts. Important though Origin remains, its examples and intricate Victorian prose are now a century and a half old. They are ripe for renewal and reaffirmation. Writing as “Darwin’s ghost,” eminent geneticist Steve Jones updates this seminal work—and restates evolution’s case for the 21st century.
Jones is a writer of engaging wit and dazzling erudition and has been called “the British Carl Sagan.” Using modern examples—the AIDS virus, the puzzles of sexual selection, the physiology and psychology of pets, and the unparalleled genetic success of our own species—he shows the power and immediacy of Darwin’s great argument and makes us appreciate how it makes life make sense. Eye-opening and entertaining, filled with astonishing facts, amusing anecdotes, and the very latest research, Darwin’s Ghost is contemporary science writing at its very best
Describes familiar classifications and their criteria and explains which living and nonliving objects are classified and why systematic guidelines for classification are important to the study of science
The author of Planet Earth covers topics from the greenhouse effect to holes in the ozone layer and details actions that can reverse our current course. Showing the need for global interdependence, Weiner shows what readers can expect in the coming century. 32 line drawings.