AT EurekAlert, the online news service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), we read: World-renowned authorities provide current perspectives on Darwin’s theory of evolution.
This is a book review — or perhaps it’s just an announcement. Either way, it’s not the usual fare we encounter at that website. Their subtitle says:
In new book, contributors describe the molecular basis of evolution as well as the relevance of evolutionary theory for sociology, culture and the economy.
That covers a lot of territory. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
A new book from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Evolution: The Molecular Landscape, is based on presentations by world-renowned scholars who gathered at the 74th annual Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology last year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.
Here’s a link to the Amazon listing of the book. Let’s read on:
“An overarching theme of the meeting was the extent to which much of evolutionary biology can now be viewed in a molecular, and often genomic, framework and the extraordinary degree to which many of Darwin’s insights remain profoundly relevant today,” write the meeting organizers, Bruce Stillman, David Stewart, and Jan Witkowski, in the Foreword to the book. “Evolutionary concepts have had an impact far beyond the boundaries of science and there is hardly a field of human endeavor that has not been influenced by evolutionary thinking.”
There’s possibly some over-reaching here, but we haven’t seen the book so we’ll make no judgment Here’s more:
The line-up of speakers — and contributors to the new book — comprised a stellar list of preeminent scientists and thinkers such as the zoologist and prolific author E. O. Wilson; Janet Browne, a science historian and Darwin biographer; Niall Ferguson, a Harvard professor and author of The Ascent of Money; and 2009 Nobel Prize winners Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Jack W. Szostak, to name just a few
Most impressive. Moving along:
Topics covered in the book include the appearance of the first genetic material, the origins of cellular life, evolution and development, selection and adaptation, and genome evolution. Human origins, cognition, and cultural evolution are also covered, along with social interactions.
One more excerpt:
This volume and other recent proceedings from the Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology are available online at http://symposium.cshlp.org. Each chapter can be purchased on a pay-per-view basis from the website.
That’s pretty much all there is. We don’t usually post about news like this, but neither does EurekAlert, so we thought we should bring this to your attention.
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