Darwin's Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin
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Title: Darwin's Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin Author: JOHNSON CURTIS Format: HARDCOVER Publication date: 23/10/2014 Imprint: OXFORD UNI PRESS Price: $16.95 Publishing status: Active
In contrast to many other biologists of his time, Charles Darwin was a firm believer in chance as a key factor in how the natural world works, and it was a major influence upon his evolutionary theories. In this study, Curtis Johnson draws upon not only Darwin's published writings but also his early notebooks and collected correspondence, to trace the development of his ideas about chance's relationship to evolution. As Johnson reveals here, Darwin's reaction to critics of his theories of chance was to find less confrontational ways of writing about it. Moving beyond a strictly scientific analysis, Johnson also discusses the implications of Darwin's views of religion, free will, and moral theory.
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