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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
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Darwin's dice
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the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin
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Curtis Johnson
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Darwins dice
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the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin
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eng
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"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. Emphasizing chance is an entire way of thinking about nature, and 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 does exactly that. He 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. Darwin's Dice shows us how Darwin defined "chance," and explores Darwin's influential architect metaphor in relation to the idea. Through the lens of randomness, Johnson reveals how Darwin's treatment of free will becomes more complex. This approach can shed light on many other quirks and points of interest in Darwin's work, including the curiously shifting presence of giraffes in subsequent drafts of On the Origin of Species. Johnson also reexamines Darwin's "Metaphysical Notebooks," and discusses the role Darwin felt that chance plays in morality and religion. Darwin's Dice presents a new way to look at Darwinist thought and the writings on Charles Darwin. Curtis Johnson reveals that chance and randomness play a large part in Darwinist thought, and that we can better understand Darwin's work by understanding that part"--
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1948-
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Johnson, Curtis N.
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576.8/2
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index present
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QH365.D8
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J64 2015
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non fiction
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  • Darwin, Charles
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Chance
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Natural selection
  • Serendipity in science
  • Creative ability in science
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
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the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin
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Darwin's dice : the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin, Curtis Johnson
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Book available in 2014
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and indexes
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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 -- Appendix. The primary sources
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ocn883747281
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25 cm
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xxxii, 253 pages
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9780199361410
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(hardback)
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2014010297
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)883747281
Label
Darwin's dice : the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin, Curtis Johnson
Publication
Copyright
Note
Book available in 2014
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • 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 -- Appendix. The primary sources
Control code
ocn883747281
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 physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)883747281

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