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Is Evolution a Theory?

E. Brian Davies

in Science in the Looking Glass

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219186
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.003.0008
 Is Evolution a Theory?

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This chapter discusses how scientists came to their present beliefs about the origin of species, then focuses on establishing which parts of evolutionary theory are established fact and which parts are still hypothetical. Topics covered include public perception, the geological record, dating techniques, the mechanisms of inheritance, and theories of evolution.

Keywords: evolutionary theory; origin of species; Darwin; geological record; dating techniques; inheritance

Chapter.  14959 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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