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The growth of biological thought : diversity, evolution, and inheritance

Author: Ernst Mayr
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press, 1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the development of the ideas of evolutionary biology, particularly as affected by the increasing understanding of genetics and of the chemical basis of inheritance.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mayr, Ernst, 1904-2005.
Growth of biological thought.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press, 1982
(OCoLC)647026618
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ernst Mayr
ISBN: 0674364457 9780674364455 0674364465 9780674364462
OCLC Number: 7875904
Description: ix, 974 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : how to write history of biology --
The place of biology in the sciences and its conceptual structure --
The changing intellectual milieu of biology. Diversity of life. Macrotaxonomy, the science of classifying --
Grouping according to common ancestry --
Microtaxonomy, the science of species --
Evolution. Origins without evolution --
Evolution before Darwin --
Charles Darwin --
Darwin's evidence for evolution and common descent --
The causation of evolution : natural selection --
Diversity and synthesis of evolutionary thought --
Post-synthesis developments --
Variation and its inheritance. Early theories and breeding experiments --
Germ cells, vehicles of heredity --
The nature of inheritance --
The flowering of Mendelian genetics --
Theories of the gene --
The chemical basis of inheritance --
Epilogue : toward a science of science. Epilogue : toward a science of science.
Responsibility: Ernst Mayr.

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