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In 1997, even as Pope John Paul II was conceding that evolution was "more than just a theory", local school boards and state legislatures in the USA were still wrangling over the teaching of origins - and nearly half all Americans polled believed in the special creation of the first humans. Why do so many Americans still resist the ideas laid out by Darwin in "On the Origin of Species"? Focusing on crucial aspects of the history of Darwinism in America, Ronald Numbers attempts to get to the heart of this question. Assessing the facts, Numbers refutes a host of widespread misconceptions: about the impact of Darwin's work on the religious ideas of scientists; about the character of the issues that exercised scientists of the immediate post-Darwin generation; about the Scopes trial of 1925 and its consequences for American schools; and about the regional and denominational distribution of pro- and anti-evolutionary sentiments.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674193123
ISBN-10: 0674193121
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ronald L. Numbers

Ronald L. Numbers is Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin--Madison. He has served as president of the History of Science Society, the American Society of Church History, and the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of the History of Science and Technology.

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