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Evolution

The View from the Cottage

by Jean-Pierre Rogel, translated by Nigel Spencer

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list price: $21.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Science
published: Oct 2010
ISBN:9781553801047
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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With all the attention given to "creationism" in the news these days, Jean-Pierre Rogel felt it was important to show how Darwin's concept of natural selection can be seen in action in everyday situations. Beginning with a familiar cottage scene that includes squirrels, loons, salmon and bears, Rogel expands his scope to explore the emerging field of evolutionary developmental biology, showing how genes play a role in the extraordinary diversity of the plant and animal kingdom. Readersmay be surprised to discover which animal is most closely related to whales, how nature makes a fin into a paw, how salmon have adapted to gaps in fishing nets, and what really sets humans apart from chimpanzees.

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Jean-Pierre Rogel

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Nigel Spencer has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation with three novels by Marie-Claire Blais: Thunder and Light, Augustino and the Choir of Destruction, and Mai at the Predators’ Ball, which was also a finalist for the QWF Cole Foundation Prize for Translation. He has translated numerous other works and films by and about Marie-Claire Blais, Poet Laureate Pauline Michel, Evelyn de la Chenelière, and others. He is also a film-subtitler, editor, and actor now living in Montreal.
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Jean-Pierre Rogel is a reporter for Découverte, a popular science program on Radio-Canada, the French-language counterpart to CBC Television. He also writes for Québec Science magazine. He is a passionate naturalist and has written extensively about how and where one can find the evidence for evolution, and how everything on earth is connected in a web of being. Born and educated in France, he immigrated to Canada in the mid-1970s and has since been living in Montreal. This is his fourth book.

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Evolution: The View From the Cottage

Rogel’s book of essays returns to Darwin’s theories of evolution and the progress and changes made in the past 150 years. He names scientists working in the field and details their accomplishments. Genetics now tells a more in-depth story of the why and how of evolution. The author challenges the Creationists of the Intelligent Design movement and states “the argument for Intelligent Design cannot be tested, nor can Creationism: thus they are not science”. Our species is hard on the environment and affects evolution. There is an essay detailing how salmon are in trouble due to global warming. Another treatise tells of a farmer who bemoans the use of genetically modified food. Rogel’s cabin in southern Quebec provides anecdotes and facts relevant to the chapter themes.

Rogel is a naturalist who reports for Découverte, a science program on Radio-Canada and writes for Québec Science.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2012-2013.

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