The Joy of Science

An Examination of How Scientists Ask and Answer Questions Using the Story of Evolution as a Paradigm

  • Richard A. Lockshin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. How Science Works

    1. Front Matter
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  3. Origin of the Theory of Evolution: Time and Change

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      Pages 19-19
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  4. Origin of the Theory of Evolution: Social Aspects

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  5. The Molecular Basis of Evolutionary Theory

    1. Front Matter
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About this book


Scientists have great passion. What could be more exhilarating than to go to work every day feeling as if you were once again a nine-year-old called up to he stage to help the magician with his trick? To be a researcher is to always be in the position of having the chance to see how the trick works. No wonder that many researchers feel that each new day is the most exciting day to be a scientist. It therefore is not surprising that scientists have such trouble communicating with non-scientists. It is difficult for the scientist to understand a life not focused on the desire to understand. But the differences are not that. Everyone wants to understand; that is one of the factors that make us human. The difference is more that scientists limit their definition of comprehension to specific rules of logic and evidence. These rules apply and are used in everyday life, but often with less rigor or restrictions on evidence.


Charles Darwin DNA Darwin biology coevolution evolution molecular biology the origin theory of evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard A. Lockshin
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesSt. John’s UniversityQueens

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  • Copyright Information Springer 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6098-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6099-1
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