Evolution Yesterday and Today

Evolution Yesterday and Today

Evolution Yesterday and Today

Evolution Yesterday and Today

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This little book is not intended for the scientist nor for the reader who is already familiar with the facts and theories of evolution. It is written solely for the general reader who knows nothing or only a very little about the subject. I have been advised by the publishers to tell the story of evolution as I should tell it to the first man I happened to meet on the street.

This seemed to me a suggestion well worth trying. What I needed to know was the point of view of the man on the street. Is he interested enough to want to know something about evolution? If so, what particular queries about the subject has he on the tip of his tongue? I put this matter to an actual test by getting into conversations with several strangers and eliciting their ideas and quandaries about evolution. These conversations have given me a quite exact idea as to what the average person wants to know about the subject as well as what he does not care about knowing. He wants to know the things that are definite, about which there is general agreement; and he does not want to be bothered with contro-

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