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Among the sciences, biology holds a unique place in the
thinking of many people. It is the study of living organisms
and we are all included in its realm. This field is intriguing
not only because living things are fascinating to study, but also
because it encompasses the amazing structures and processes of
our own bodies and brains. In addition, it may possibly provide
clues as to the meaning of our existence. All this may serve to
enrich ones present life and give some indication concerning
how it ties in with the rest of the universe.
concern expressed by one author in his book when he wrote, It will surely be out-of-date before there is time to get it printed. Since this particular volume does not deal with data alone, there is hope of escaping that early obsolescence, because timeless principles are involved when it comes to examining and evaluating the facts in the light of probability rules. Once a person has an understanding of these principles, he can apply them to new research discoveries as they appear on the horizon. In the process of doing so, it will be found that it is possible to interpret the significance of the discoveries more accurately, and that life is more interesting and rewarding as a result of a clearer comprehension of the overall picture.
June 1973 JAMES F. COPPEDGE
Grateful appreciation is hereby expressed for the invaluable assistance received from the following eminent professors and/or research scientists. Their taking time to share information from their wealth of professional knowledge is not to be construed as any endorsement of this book. There was no occasion for some of them to know the authors views, and it is probable that some would differ strongly with certain of the conclusions reached herein. These scientists represent a variety of viewpoints, yet all courteously shared information on particular subjects via mail or telephone. In alphabetical order, the following are among those who were most helpful:
Biologists George F. Howe and Bolton Davidheiser kindly read the manuscript before revisions and offered vital encouragement. In addition, Dr. Howe played a key role in generously going out of his way to advocate publication and offer assistance to that end. Earlier a class taught by Dr. Davidheiser had much to do with inspiring the author to go into this field.
Dr .Kenneth L. Perrin, mathematician, helped to ascertain the substitution formula, used in calculations involving multiple substitutions.
Mrs. Louise Carroll exhibited her characteristic careful excellence in typing and correcting the manuscript from very rough drafts. Mrs. Lavonne Cart cheerfully typed prodigious quantities of research notes.
The California Graduate School of Theology, recognizing the importance of the subject, allowed the author to do extensive research in biology and probability theory for his doctoral dissertation in this essential field of science and religion. This contributed greatly to the scope and early appearance of this book.
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