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Bones of Contention: Controversies in the Search for Human Origins

Bones of Contention: Controversies in the Search for Human Origins

  • Title: Bones of Contention: Controversies in the Search for Human Origins
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  • ISBN : 9780226476513
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 366 pages


Bones of Contention is a behind the scenes look at the search for human origins Analyzing how the biases and preconceptions of paleoanthropologists shaped their work, Roger Lewin s detective stories about the discovery of Neanderthal Man, the Taung Child, Lucy, and other major fossils provide insight into this most subjective of scientific endeavors The new afterword loo Bones of Contention is a behind the scenes look at the search for human origins Analyzing how the biases and preconceptions of paleoanthropologists shaped their work, Roger Lewin s detective stories about the discovery of Neanderthal Man, the Taung Child, Lucy, and other major fossils provide insight into this most subjective of scientific endeavors The new afterword looks at ways in which paleoanthropology, while becoming scientific in many ways, remains contentious An un put downable book John Gribbon, Times Educational Supplement Not just another stones and bones account of human evolution It is Lewin s thesis, amply demonstrated, that paleoanthropology is the most subjective of sciences because it engages the emotions of virtually everyone and since the evidence is scrappy, interpretation is everything A splendid, stirring, and eye opening account, to be devoured Kirkus Reviews, starred review Lewin shows how very unscientific the process of scientific inquiry can be Bones of Contention is serious intellectual history Edward Dolnick, Wall Street Journal Lewin documents his thesis in persuasive detail The reader is carried along by the power of Mr Lewin s reporting Robert Wright, New York Times Book Review


Author Roger Lewin

Roger Lewin, PhD, is a biochemist, the former deputy editor of the British magazine New Scientist, and the author of Making Waves Irving Dardik and His Superwave Principle, as well as many other highly praised books on biology such as Complexity Life at the Edge of Chaos and Patterns in Evolution The New Molecular View.




Bones of Contention: Controversies in the Search for Human Origins Reviews (8)

  • This book is a must read for those who want to pursue palaeoanthropology It reminds us that we have flaws and these flaws to one degree or another will influence how we analyse the fossilised remains of our hominin ancestors For palaeoanthropologists, it should be read at least once a year as a remi [..]

  • I m really glad I stumbled on this book I made a list of anthropology books to read a couple of months ago and then one day I was browsing the anthropology section in my university campus library and I saw this book It looked familiar so I grabbed it Turns out it was on my list of books to read so I [..]

  • This is an excellent description of the controversies surrounding fossils in or near the human lineages, and the lively personalities and issues around their descriptions and interpretations All of human science is about storytelling, and Lewin lays this out better than most Data is not science Scie [..]

  • What I found most interesting about Lewin s accounts of paleoanthropologists and their work is that many of them aren t as objective as they want the public to think they are Scientists are only human and they are subject to the same range of emotions including anger, jealousy, hatred, as well as lo [..]

  • One of my summer fun books, a glimpse into the exciting and controversial world of paleoanthropology the soft science with the hardest edge Yes that was meaningless, but you would not believe the viciousness that some scientists attack others all in the name of the question of humaness. [..]

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