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A History of Genetics

by Alfred H. Sturtevant
Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2001. 174 pages.

As one of Thomas Hunt Morgan's brightest students, Sturtevant was ideally placed to write his History, first published in 1965. Nobel laureate E. D. Miller (and student of Sturtevant) writes in his foreword, "The reprinting of this classic book provides students with one of the few authoritative, analytical works dealing with the early history of genetics. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with Sturtevant benefited greatly from hearing first-hand his accounts of that history as he knew it and, in many instances, experienced it.

The Scopes Trial: A Brief History with Documents

by Jeffrey P. Moran
Boston: Bedford Books, 2002. 230 pages.

Following a detailed seventy-two-page introduction by Moran himself to the Scopes trial and its cultural and historical milieu, The Scopes Trial provides original source documents — extensive selections from the eight days of the trial transcript and contemporary coverage of the courtroom as well as cartoons and selections illuminating how the issues of the trial were connected with issues of race, educational freedom, feminism, new religious movements in the 1920s, and local control over education.

Defenders of the Truth: The Sociobiology Debate

by Ullica Segerstråle
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. 504 pages.

Twenty-five years in the making, Defenders of the Truth offers a lively and comprehensive history-cum-analysis of the debate over sociobiology by a sociologist who followed it closely as it developed, interviewing such luminaries as Stephen Jay Gould, E. O .

Darwinism and its Discontents

by Michael Ruse
Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 316 pages.

The latest from NCSE Supporter Michael Ruse, Darwinism and its Discontents offers a review and defense of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. In the introduction, Ruse writes: "All the critics of Darwinism are deeply mistaken. Charles Darwin was a good scientist, the biological revolution of the nineteenth century led to genuine understanding, and today's version of the theory is good quality science. It tells you important things about the real world. ...

Systematics and the Origin of Species

by Ernst Mayr
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999. 372 pages.

Systematics and the Origin of Species, published in 1942 and reissued, with a new introduction, in 1999, is widely regarded as largely responsible for the crowning achievement of the Modern Synthesis: demonstrating the compatibility of the evolutionary patterns and processes to be found in natural populations with Darwinian natural selection and Mendelian genetics.

Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life

by Niles Eldredge
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005. 256 pages.

Written by NCSE Supporter Niles Eldredge and with no fewer than one hundred illustrations, Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life is the companion to the American Museum of Natural History's exhibition celebrating the two hundredth anniversary of Darwin's birth, but it's more, too: a rich and inspiring reconstruction of Darwin's life through his writings and discoveries.

Genesis and Geology

by Charles Coulston Gillispie
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996. 351 pages.

Subtitled "A study in the relations of scientific thought, natural theology, and social opinion in Great Britain, 1790–1850," Genesis and Geology "proposed to give an account of the immediate background of the pattern of scientific disagreement which culminated in disputes about Darwin's book and to attempt to analyze the causes of that disagreement." Originally published in 1951, Genesis and Geology was reprinted by Harvard University Press in 1996, with a new introduction by the historian of geology Nicolaas Rupke reevaluating the book in light of the subseque

The Impact of the Gene

by Colin Tudge
New York: Hill and Wang, 2002. 384 pages.

From the publisher: "In the mid-nineteenth century, a Moravian friar made a discovery that was to shape not only the future of science but also that of the human race. With his deceptively simple experiments on peas in a monastery garden in Brno, Gregor Mendel was the first to establish the basic laws of heredity, laws from which the principles of modern genetics can be drawn.


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