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Chance in evolution

Author: Grant Ramsey; Charles H Pence
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Humans, however much we would care to think otherwise, do not represent the fated pinnacle of ape evolution. The diversity of life, from single-celled organisms to multicellular animals and plants, is the result of a long, complex, and highly chancy history. But how profoundly has chance shaped life on earth? And what, precisely, do we mean by chance? Bringing together biologists, philosophers of science, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Grant Ramsey; Charles H Pence
ISBN: 9780226401911 022640191X 9780226401744 022640174X
OCLC Number: 990317766
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2016.
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Responsibility: Grant Ramsey and Charles H. Pence.

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Humans, however much we would care to think otherwise, do not represent the fated pinnacle of ape evolution. The diversity of life, from single-celled organisms to multicellular animals and plants, is the result of a long, complex, and highly chancy history. But how profoundly has chance shaped life on earth? And what, precisely, do we mean by chance? Bringing together biologists, philosophers of science, and historians of science, 'Chance in Evolution' untangles the far-reaching effects of chance, contingency, and randomness on the evolution of life.

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Chance is pervasive in evolution and manifests in multiple ways, yet those ways have not always been clear. Without an exploration of chance in evolution, we do not truly understand evolutionary Read more...

 
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