The Resource Darwin's dice : the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin, Curtis Johnson

Darwin's dice : the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin, Curtis Johnson

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Darwin's dice : the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin
Title
Darwin's dice
Title remainder
the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin
Statement of responsibility
Curtis Johnson
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "For evolutionary biologists, the concept of chance has always played a significant role in the formation of evolutionary theory. As far back as Greek antiquity, chance and "luck" were understood to be key factors in the evolution of the natural world. Chance is not just an important concept; it is an entire way of thinking about nature. And as Curtis Johnson shows, it is also one of the key ideas that separates Charles Darwin from other systematic biologists of his time. Studying the concept of chance in Darwin's writing reveals core ideas in his theory of evolution, as well as his reflections on design, purpose, and randomness in nature's progression over the course of history. In Darwin's Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin, Curtis Johnson examines the work of Darwin in terms of his views on randomness and chance, and how the views changed as his work progressed. Randomness was a focal point for Darwin, and pursuing it as a theme helped significantly transform his research. Through the lens of randomness, Johnson reveals implications of Darwin's views for religion, free will, and moral theory.--
  • "Discusses the chance and randomness as motifs in the writing of Charles Darwin"--
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
576.8/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH365.D8
LC item number
J64 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Darwin's dice : the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin, Curtis Johnson
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and indexes
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  • RICHMOND
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Two faces of chance -- Chance transport -- Causes and laws of variations -- Chance, nature, and intelligence -- Darwin's evolving views about chance -- "So-called Spontaneous Variation" -- Darwin's architect metaphor -- Darwin's giraffes -- Chance and free will -- Chance and human morality
Control code
000396153
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxii, 253 pages
Isbn
9780199361410
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014010297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024042857
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
u265322
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000396153
  • (OCoLC)891161203

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