Part biography, part science, part history, this provocatively titled book takes readers from the Industrial Revolution through today, explaining how Darwin developed his theory of evolution. Darwin never actually used the term “evolution”-he most often used the phrase “descent with modification” to describe his theory. His theory “shook the foundation” of long-held religious beliefs and scientific theories. Many important and interesting primary source photos, illustrations, and diagrams, as well as interesting sidebars, add to the accessible and well-written text. In eight chapters, Johnson presents the information in a factual, informative style. Johnson also discusses transmutation, uniformitarianism, eugenics, social darwinism, and intelligent design. Backmatter includes a glossary, source notes, selected bibliography, suggested reading, and an index.
This book is not yet available at the Harvest Park Library, but will hopefully be added in May, 2013.