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Evolution

The View from the Cottage

by Jean-Pierre Rogel, translated by Nigel Spencer

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published: Sep 2010
ISBN:9781553801160
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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With all the attention to creationism in the news these days, Jean-Pierre Rogel decided it was time to show how Darwin's concept of natural selection can be seen in everyday situations — from a summer cottage near a lake — with examples taken from familiar species such as loons, salmon and bears. Moving through modern science, he shows how new discoveries have enabled us to understand life more deeply than in Darwin's time. He focuses in particular on the emerging field of evolutionary developmental biology, called “evo-devo” for short. By showing embryo genes in action, evo-devo explains how animals are constructed. It also explains the extraordinary diversity of the plant and animal kingdoms. Written in a lively style, based on the latest science but without the jargon too often attached to it, Evolution: The View from the Cottage celebrates evolution and finds its traces everywhere around us. You may never see loons, salmon, bears, belugas or even the humble cornstalk the same way again.

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  • , Runner-up in the Science category for the Green Book Awards
Editorial Review

“The book is both deeply personal and highly informative as Rogel entwines personal anecdotes with scientific facts. Each chapter feels like a highly entertaining lecture from a cool university professor.” — Green Book Reviews

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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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