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How Science Works: Evolution: A Student Primer

Book Cover - How Science Works: Evolution: A Student Primer, John EllisBiological Sciences Emeritus Professor John Ellis, FRS has recently published a book, titled: How Science Works: Evolution: A Student Primer.

Evolution is just a theory, isn’t it? What is a scientific theory anyway? Don’t scientists prove things? What is the difference between a fact, a hypothesis and a theory in science? How oes scientific thinking differ from religious thinking? Why are most leading scientists atheists? Are science and religion compatible? Why are there so many different religious beliefs but only one science? What is the evidence for evolution? Why does evolution occur?

If you are interested in any of these questions and have some knowledge of biology, this book is for you.

Professor Kevin Padian, Department of Integrative Biology & Museum of Palaeontology, University of California at Berkeley:

Your students are lucky indeed. This is the clearest, most comprehensive and accessible compact account of science that I have seen. I was amazed by your clarity of thought and your comprehension of many subjects that come from diverse areas of science, philosophy, and history. You have really avoided almost all the pitfalls that even the most experienced scholars fall into at times. Really a wonderful treatment.” (Professor Kevin Padian, Department of Integrative Biology & Museum of Palaeontology, University of California at Berkeley)

Professor Anthony Grayling, School of Philosophy, Birkbeck College, London:

I have just had the very enjoyable and instructive experience of reading your 'How Science Works', and think that it is exactly the kind of thing that should be sent to every school and indeed every school pupil, not to say every university student too, in the country. I hope it is! and write to applaud its clarity and organisation, and the way it grips attention from the opening words.”