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Bowler, Peter J.

Overview
Works: 87 works in 487 publications in 7 languages and 19,805 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Textbooks  Counterfactual histories  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QH361, 575.009
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Most widely held works by Peter J Bowler
Evolution, the history of an idea by Peter J Bowler( Book )

45 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 2,427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition of Evolution: The History of an Idea is augmented by the most recent contributions to the history and study of evolutionary theory. It includes an updated bibliography that offers an unparalleled guide to further reading. As in the original edition, Bowler's evenhanded approach not only clarifies the history of his controversial subject but also adds significantly to our understanding of contemporary debates over it. The idea of evolution continued to evolve. - Back cover
The Norton history of the environmental sciences by Peter J Bowler( Book )

31 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles humanity's quest to understand its own origins, synthesizing discoveries in geography, geology, and evolutionary biology
Monkey trials and gorilla sermons : evolution and Christianity from Darwin to intelligent design by Peter J Bowler( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the beginning, Darwin's dangerous idea has been a snake in the garden, denounced from pulpits then and now as incompatible with the central tenets of Christian faith. Recovered here is the less well-known but equally long history of thoughtful engagement and compromise on the part of liberal theologians. Peter J. Bowler doesn't minimize the hostility of many of the faithful toward evolution, but he reveals the existence of a long tradition within the churches that sought to reconcile Christian beliefs with evolution by finding reflections of the divine in scientific explanations for the origin of life. By tracing the historical forerunners of these rival Christian responses, Bowler provides an alternative to accounts that stress only the escalating confrontation. --From publisher's description
The eclipse of Darwinism : anti-Darwinian evolution theories in the decades around 1900 by Peter J Bowler( Book )

24 editions published between 1983 and 1992 in English and held by 1,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Darwin : the man and his influence by Peter J Bowler( Book )

36 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Darwin's enormous influence on science and culture, begun during his lifetime, is still very evident today. The Origin of Species excited much debate and controversy, challenging the foundations of Christianity, yet underpinning the Victorian concept of progress, and today still evokes powerful and contradictory responses. Yet he was not first to publish evolutionary ideas and his theory of natural selection was not accepted by many of his contemporaries. Peter Bowler's study of Darwin's life and influence combines biography and cultural history. He shows how Darwin's contemporaries were unable to appreciate precisely those aspects of his thinking that are considered scientifically important today. Darwin was a product of his time, but he also transcended it, by creating an idea capable of being exploited by twentieth-century scientists and intellectuals who had very different values from his own
Theories of human evolution : a century of debate, 1844-1944 by Peter J Bowler( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The question of human origin has always been disputed by evolution theorists. This book provides a comprehensive survey of the debates over human evolution from the time of Darwin to the 1940s. Part 1 discusses the early controversies, noting that they focused on philosophical issues rather than causes or details of the evolutionary process. A framework for the debate is outlined, considering evolution theory with race, culture and the progress of humankind. Part 2 describes various theories including the Neanderthal-Phase theory, the Presapiens theory, the Tarsioid theory, and Polytypic theories. Part 3 of the book deals with interpretations of the causes of human evolution. Arguments are presented which relate to the factors of brain expansion, upright posture and environment in the evolutionary process. Trends in human evolution are discussed, including convergence, Lamarckism, nonadaptive trends, and orthogenesis. The book ends with a review of arguments concerning Broom's (1933) question: The coming of man--was it accident or design? An extensive listing of references is provided in a bibliography and note section. (Tw)
The non-Darwinian revolution : reinterpreting a historical myth by Peter J Bowler( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and Japanese and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mendelian revolution : the emergence of hereditarian concepts in modern science and society by Peter J Bowler( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristotle taught that a human embryo grows from a spiritual essence provided by the father. In the eighteenth century, some thinkers imagined preformed miniatures - the entire human race, one inside the other like Russian dolls, placed by God within the womb of Eve. Even when Gregor Mendel's now-famous experiments with peas revealed the existence of what Mendel called "dominent" and "recessive" traits, other researchers ignored the findings. The history of genetics, argues Peter J. Bowler, is often a history of scientists' religious, political, and social preconceptions. In The Mendelian Revolution Bowler shows how our thinking about heredity and reproduction has changed over centuries. He describes how modern notions of heredity developed, explains what Gregor Mendel's work really meant, and challenges the myth of Mendelism's "rediscovery" in the twentieth century. From the example of genetics, he reveals the flaws in the traditional view of scientific progress as an objective search for empirical truth. And he reveals how understanding Mendelism and heredity can help us understand the increasingly complex role of genetics in the modern world. -- from dust jacket
Darwinism by Peter J Bowler( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making modern science : a historical survey by Peter J Bowler( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bowler & Morus explore the history of science & its influence on modern thought
Life's splendid drama : evolutionary biology and the reconstruction of life's ancestry, 1860-1940 by Peter J Bowler( Book )

11 editions published between 1886 and 1996 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roots of their disciplines, as well as to the many readers fascinated by Darwin and his influence
Darwin deleted : imagining a world without Darwin by Peter J Bowler( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The ideas and terminology of Darwinism are so pervasive these days that it seems impossible to avoid them, let alone imagine a world without them. But in this remarkable rethinking of scientific history, Peter J. Bowler does just that. He asks: What if Charles Darwin had not returned from the voyage of the Beagle and thus did not write On the Origin of Species? Would someone else, such as Alfred Russel Wallace, have published the selection theory and initiated a similar transformation? Or would the absence of Darwin's book have led to a different sequence of events, in which biology developed along a track that did not precipitate a great debate about the impact of evolutionism? Would there have been anything equivalent to social Darwinism, and if so would the alternatives have been less pernicious and misappropriated? In Darwin Deleted, Bowler argues that no one else, not even Wallace, was in a position to duplicate Darwin's complete theory of evolution by natural selection. Evolutionary biology would almost certainly have emerged, but through alternative theories, which were frequently promoted by scientists, religious thinkers, and moralists who feared the implications of natural selection. Because non-Darwinian elements of evolutionism flourished for a time in the real world, it is possible to plausibly imagine how they might have developed, particularly if the theory of natural selection had not emerged until decades after the acceptance of the basic idea of evolution. Bowler's unique approach enables him to clearly explain the non-Darwinian tradition--and in doing so, he reveals how the reception of Darwinism was historically contingent. By taking Darwin out of the equation, Bowler is able to fully elucidate the ideas of other scientists, such as Richard Owen and Thomas Huxley, whose work has often been misunderstood because of their distinctive responses to Darwin. Darwin Deleted boldly offers a new vision of scientific history. It is one where the sequence of discovery and development would have been very different and would have led to an alternative understanding of the relationship between evolution, heredity, and the environment--and, most significantly, a less contentious relationship between science and religion. Far from mere speculation, this fascinating and compelling book forces us to reexamine the preconceptions that underlie many of the current controversies about the impact of evolutionism. It shows how contingent circumstances surrounding the publication of On the Origin of Species polarized attitudes in ways that still shape the conversation today."--Publisher's description
Reconciling science and religion : the debate in early-twentieth-century Britain by Peter J Bowler( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although much has been written about the vigorous debates over science and religion in the Victorian era, little attention has been paid to their continuing importance in early twentieth-century Britain. Reconciling Science and Religion provides a comprehensive survey of the interplay between British science and religion from the late nineteenth century to World War II. Peter J. Bowler argues that unlike the United States, where a strong fundamentalist opposition to evolutionism developed in the 1920s (most famously expressed in the Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925), in Britain there was a concerted effort to reconcile science and religion. Intellectually conservative scientists championed the reconciliation and were supported by liberal theologians in the Free Churches and the Church of England, especially the Anglican "Modernists." Popular writers such as Julian Huxley and George Bernard Shaw sought to create a non-Christian religion similar in some respects to the Modernist position. Younger scientists and secularists--including Rationalists such as H.G. Wells and the Marxists--tended to oppose these efforts, as did conservative Christians, who saw the liberal position as a betrayal of the true spirit of their religion. With the increased social tensions of the 1930s, as the churches moved toward a neo-orthodoxy unfriendly to natural theology and biologists adopted the "Modern Synthesis" of genetics and evolutionary theory, the proposed reconciliation fell apart. Because the tensions between science and religion--and efforts at reconciling the two--are still very much with us today, Bowler's book will be important for everyone interested in these issues
Fossils and progress : paleontology and the idea of progressive evolution in the nineteenth century by Peter J Bowler( Book )

9 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invention of progress : the Victorians and the past by Peter J Bowler( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and Japanese and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science for all : the popularization of science in early twentieth-century Britain by Peter J Bowler( Book )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Bowler shows how a nation that benefitted from sound secondary education in the early 20th century, but had not yet been able to widely access the tertiary level, provided a groundswell of interest with which scientists of the time were happy to engage
Biology and social thought, 1850-1914 by Peter J Bowler( Book )

12 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The modern biological and earth sciences( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume looks at the history of the life and earth sciences since 1800. It provides comprehensive surveys of historical thinking on major developments in these areas of science, on the social and cultural milieus in which the knowledge was generated, and on the wider impact of the major theoretical and practical innovations
Science and society in Ireland : the social context of science and technology in Ireland, 1800-1950( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge history of science( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume looks at the history of the life and earth sciences since 1800. It provides comprehensive surveys of historical thinking on major developments in these areas of science, on the social and cultural milieus in which the knowledge was generated, and on the wider impact of the major theoretical and practical innovations
 
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Monkey trials and gorilla sermons : evolution and Christianity from Darwin to intelligent design
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Bowler, Peter 1944-

Bowler, Peter J.

Bowler, Peter John 1944-

Peter Bowler

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ボウラー, ピーター・J

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The Norton history of the environmental sciencesMonkey trials and gorilla sermons : evolution and Christianity from Darwin to intelligent designThe eclipse of Darwinism : anti-Darwinian evolution theories in the decades around 1900Charles Darwin : the man and his influenceTheories of human evolution : a century of debate, 1844-1944The non-Darwinian revolution : reinterpreting a historical mythThe Mendelian revolution : the emergence of hereditarian concepts in modern science and societyDarwinism