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Lewin, Roger

Overview
Works: 134 works in 609 publications in 13 languages and 25,907 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: GN281, 573.2
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Roger Lewin
Origins : what new discoveries reveal about the emergence of our species and its possible future by Richard E Leakey( Book )

48 editions published between 1950 and 1991 in English and held by 3,529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the evolution of prehistoric ape-like creatures into human beings, theorizing that the key to this transformation was the ability to share and cooperate in a social context
Origins reconsidered : in search of what makes us human by Richard E Leakey( Book )

48 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Origins Reconsidered, Richard Leakey, one of the most respected and influential scientists of our time, takes us on a brilliant and provocative journey through human history. Beginning with his landmark discoveries at Lake Turkana, and including his fascinating reassessment of how we became "human"--And what, after all, being human really means - Leakey concludes with a glimpse of what our evolutionary future may hold. In 1984, Richard Leakey and his "Hominid Gang" of fossil hunters discovered fragments of a boy's skull that were more than 1.5 million years old. They soon unearthed virtually the entire skeleton of what was dubbed the "Turkana Boy" and recognized as one of the most significant paleoanthropological discoveries of all time. But while his Turkana Boy caused a sensation in the media and throughout the world of science, Leakey himself was restless. Yes, the existing fossil record of our prehistory was impressive. But there were more elusive matters to consider. For Richard Leakey the most compelling question is no longer "How did we physically evolve?" It is, instead, "How did we become human?" For this world-renowned paleoanthropologist it is a humbling reminder that no matter how complete the skeleton, how perfect the fossil, there is a gap in our knowledge. Our ancestors evolved from two-legged scavengers into creatures that create. They learned to make stone tools, to communicate, to build shelters, and to hunt for food. This realization sparked Leakey to return to his earlier work - especially his 1977 book, Origins - to poke holes in his previous beliefs and to reflect anew on what makes us who we are. As he gently admits, considerations like these are usually left to philosophers, not scientists. But again and again, he is faced with his own guiding principle: "The past is the key to our future." In this seminal work, Leakey incorporates ideas from philosophy, anthropology, molecular biology, and even linguistics, to investigate not only how we evolved anatomically, but how we acquired the qualities that make us human - consciousness, creativity, and culture
People of the lake : mankind and its beginnings by Richard E Leakey( Book )

16 editions published between 1973 and 1983 in English and held by 2,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses recent human fossil discoveries at Lake Turkana in Kenya and explains what has been learned about the evolution, anatomy, and social behavior of prehistoric man from these remains
Bones of contention : controversies in the search for human origins by Roger Lewin( Book )

37 editions published between 1900 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 2,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the nature of the debate over the findings of paleoanthropologists, looking at how the biases and preconceptions of scientists in the field shape their work, and telling the stories of some of the world's major fossil finds
Thread of life : the Smithsonian looks at evolution by Roger Lewin( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and German and held by 1,776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charts the course of evolution and traces advances that have been made in the field
In the age of mankind : a Smithsonian book of human evolution by Roger Lewin( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in English and Korean and held by 1,721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes what is currently known about human evolution, loks at the work of anthropologists, and discusses the human traits of consciousness and language
Complexity : life at the edge of chaos by Roger Lewin( Book )

48 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 1,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Complexity theory holds that at the root of all complex systems, from the behavior of molecules to the actions of nation-states to the balance of nature, lies a set of rules that when identified will yield a grand unification of the life sciences"--Back cover
The sixth extinction : patterns of life and the future of humankind by Richard E Leakey( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the authors show, such dramatic and overwhelming extinction threatens the entire complex fabric of life on earth, including the species at fault, Homo sapiens. Unless we come to realize the devastating consequence of our rapacious behavior, we will follow the mastodon, the great auk, the carrier pigeon, and our other victims into the oblivion of extinction
The origin of modern humans by Roger Lewin( Book )

27 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many new findings, speculations, and reevaluations have sharpened our views of modern human origins since then. Nevertheless, the controversy continues, as the patchy fossil record and new evidence derived from genetic techniques have given rise to competing theories. Are we the result of a single uninterrupted lineage, with each distinct species of human leading directly to the next? Or, do species such as the Neanderthal represent offshoots of an evolutionary tree that died out without leaving successors? Did modern humanity arise roughly contemporaneously in different parts of the world or from a single species in a single location? And how do biological, linguistic, artistic, and technological factors distinguish Homo sapiens from near and distant relatives? At stake in the argument is nothing less than the very definition of what it means, biologically and culturally, to be human
Kanzi : the ape at the brink of the human mind by E. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and Japanese and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patterns in evolution : the new molecular view by Roger Lewin( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Patterns in Evolution, noted science journalist Roger Lewin explores how genetic information is providing new insight into evolutionary events: scientists are now able to study evolutionary change at the molecular level and reconstruct evolutionary lineages based on changes in DNA. With this new ability, they are overthrowing established ideas about which organisms are closely related and solving puzzles that had previously seemed beyond their reach. Lewin looks at
Java man : how two geologists' dramatic discoveries changed our understanding of the evolutionary path to modern humans by Carl Celso Swisher( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The authors take us on a journey to the Indonesian island of Java, where Curtis and Swisher made two important discoveries: first, that human ancestors left the Cradle of Man-kind - the African continent - and migrated east almost two million years ago, much earlier than anthropologists had believed, and second, that Homo Erectus might have survived until as late as 27,000 years ago, suggesting that Homo Erectus actually coexisted with Homo sapiens and was probably not an evolutionary precursor. Their findings not only destroy the straight line of human evolution, but also call into question the inevitability of the evolution of Homo sapiens." "Eventually, politics and a lack of funding find their way into the story, providing a realistic, if unfortunate, look at the travails that accompany scientific discovery. Swisher's and Curtis's findings are often met with skepticism, and their scientific methods are called into question. But conviction and determination lead them to conclusions that not only redefine their field but raise philosophical questions about what it means to be human."--Jacket
Principles of human evolution : a core textbook by Roger Lewin( Book )

41 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Principles of Human Evolution presents an in-depth introduction to paleoanthropology and the study of human evolution. Focusing on the fundamentals of evolutionary theory and molecular genetics approaches to important questions in the field, this timely textbook will help students gain a perspective on human evolution in the context of modern biological thinking."--Jacket
Not work alone : a cross-cultural view of activities superfluous to survival( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and Hungarian and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The soul at work : listen, respond, let go : embracing complexity science for business success by Roger Lewin( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An accomplished science writer and a development psychologist present the first management book to show how organizations that use complexity science to create a highly human-oriented environment are more adaptable, innovative, and financially successful
Child alive!( Book )

11 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weaving complexity and business : engaging the soul at work by Roger Lewin( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration and explanation of the uses of complexity theory in business, telling stories of businesspeople who build resilient organizations by thinking about the more personal and social aspects of work. Translates chaos theory into useable business practice
The sixth extinction : biodiversity and its survival by Richard E Leakey( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People of the lake : man, his origins, nature and future by Richard E Leakey( Book )

15 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hormones: chemical communicators by Roger Lewin( Book )

7 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Origins reconsidered : in search of what makes us human
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Bones of contention : controversies in the search for human originsIn the age of mankind : a Smithsonian book of human evolutionComplexity : life at the edge of chaosThe sixth extinction : patterns of life and the future of humankindThe origin of modern humansKanzi : the ape at the brink of the human mindPatterns in evolution : the new molecular viewJava man : how two geologists' dramatic discoveries changed our understanding of the evolutionary path to modern humans