Disciplinary Core Ideas for biological evolution that include evidence of common ancestry and diversity, natural selection, and adaptation are concepts students need to grasp in Common Core State Standards. This volume explains Charles Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection while telling how a hypothesis became not merely a theory but the foundation of an entire science. Darwin saw the importance of this theory and risked controversy and ridicule to bring it to light. Topics include the Beagle's voyage of discovery and Darwin's writings as well as the controversy over teaching evolution, creation science, and intelligent design in biology classrooms today.
Each book features specific scientific discoveries by individuals who possessed a curiosity that enabled them to further humanity's knowledge. A biographical sketch describes early struggles, interest in science, challenges, impact of the scientific discovery on their personal lives, and the influence of their contribution on current scientific research. Intriguing facts portray these scientists as ordinary yet gifted individuals who struggled. Books include illustrations, photographs, and diagrams. This series would be a valuable addition to a library collection, since the information adds a human element to early research. Bibliography. Glossary. Timeline. Websites. Cynthia D. Schulz, PhD, Teacher Librarian, Marysville Getchell High School, Marysville, Washington [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] RECOMMENDED