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Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought
     

Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought

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by George Christopher Williams
 

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ISBN-10: 0691023573

ISBN-13: 9780691023571

Pub. Date: 12/01/1974

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than

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Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. His Adaptation and Natural Selection, now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. His Adaptation and Natural Selection, now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.

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ISBN-13:
9780691023571
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1974
Series:
Princeton Science Library Series
Edition description:
With a New preface by the author
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.74(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface (1996)

Preface

1 Introduction

2 Natural Selection, Adaptation, and Progress

3 Natural Selection, Ecology and Morphogenesis

4 Group Selection

5 Adaptations of the Genetic System

6 Reproductive Physiology and Behavior

7 Social Adaptations

8 Other Supposedly Group-Related Adaptations

9 The Scientific Study of Adaptation

Literature Cited

Index

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Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Chukar89 More than 1 year ago
This is a review for the nook version. Formatting was good, though the illustrations would probably be better viewed on a tablet than the e-ink nooks. As for the book itself, it's a good read for biologists (or any one interested in the field) at any stage of their education. Some of the concepts Williams talks about is dated now, but much of its fundamentals ring true. Williams uses a lot of excellent examples and comparisons to make his point about where evolution should be invoked, which is very useful for those who are not as informed on phenomenon being described. This is a great book to read along with others in learning about evolution.