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Species : a history of the idea

Author: John S Wilkins
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009.
Series: Species and systematics, v. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this comprehensive work, John S. Wilkins traces the history of the idea of "species" from antiquity to today, providing a new perspective on the relationship between philosophical and biological approaches.--[book cover].
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John S Wilkins
ISBN: 9780520260856 0520260856 9780520271395 0520271394
OCLC Number: 314379168
Description: xiv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
The classical era: science by division --
The medieval bridge --
Species and the birth of modern science --
The early nineteenth century: a period of change --
Darwin and the Darwinians --
The species problem arises --
The synthesis and species --
Modern debates --
Reproductive isolation concepts --
Evolutionary species concepts --
Phylogenetic species concepts --
Other species concepts --
Historical summary and conclusions.
Series Title: Species and systematics, v. 1.
Responsibility: John S. Wilkins.

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The complex idea of 'species' has evolved over time, yet its meaning is far from resolved. This title takes a fresh look at an idea central to the field of biology by tracing its history from  Read more...

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