Do Elephants Have Knees? and Other St..., Charles R. Ault Jr.
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Do Elephants Have Knees? and Other Stories of Darwinian Origins

Unabridged: 10 hr 35 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 09/15/2016


What makes a penguin a bird? Is a camel more closely related to a horse than to a giraffe? Why is a whale not a fish? Similar puzzles preoccupied Charles Darwin throughout his life. Whimsy, in the playfulness of stories for children, is a way to appreciate Darwinian histories. In Do Elephants Have Knees? Charles R. Ault Jr. uses the fanciful imagery of story to explain Darwinian thought. At the same time, he launches careful consideration of Darwins humanity, the origins of his curiosity, and the reach of his ideas. Aults approach illustrates the value of story form in learning science and provides a wealth of resources for enriching courses that focus on Darwins ideas. Good storytelling mines curiosity, Ault writes, and exuberant playfulness enriches a disciplined study of science.