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The Evolution of the Earth and Its Inhabitants


THIS book consists of five lectures by five experts, who deal with various aspects of evolution. The range extends from the nebula to modern civilisation, and the wonder grows that one word can cover it all. We feel as if the word “evolution” were in danger of becoming like a household knife—used in so many ways that it tends to become useless. The use of the same term for so many different kinds of becoming is apt to suggest that they are all describable by the same formulae. To avoid this fallacy, might it not be well to find differentiated terms, such as genesis in the domain of things, evolution in the realm of organisms (keeping development for the becoming of the individual), and history for the kingdom of man?

The Evolution of the Earth and Its Inhabitants.

By Joseph Barrell and Others. A Series of Lectures delivered before the Yale Chapter of the Sigma Xi during the Academic Year 1916–1917. Pp. xiv + 208 + iv plates. (New Haven: Yale University Press; London: Humphrey Milford; Oxford University Press, 1918.) Price 10s. 6d. net.

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T., J. The Evolution of the Earth and Its Inhabitants . Nature 106, 205–206 (1920).

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