The Epistemology of Development, Evolution, and Genetics

The Epistemology of Development, Evolution, and Genetics

by Richard Burian
     
 

These essays examine the developments in three fundamental biological disciplines - embryology, evolutionary biology, and genetics.See more details below

Overview

These essays examine the developments in three fundamental biological disciplines - embryology, evolutionary biology, and genetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521545280
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Richard M. Burian is Professor of Philosophy and Science Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Table of Contents

1. General introduction; Part I. Methodological Issues: 2. How the choice of experimental organism matters; 3. Unification and coherence as methodological objectives in the biological sciences; Part II. Evolution: 4. 'Adaptation'; 5. The influence of the evolutionary paradigm; 6. 'Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution' (Theodosius Dobzhansky); Part III. Genetics and Molecular Biology: 7. On conceptual change in biology; 8. Technique, task definition, and the transition from genetics to molecular genetics; 9. Too many kinds of genes; Part IV. Development: 10. Lillie's paradox - or, some hazards of cellular geography; 11. On conflicts between genetic and developmental viewpoints; 12. Reconceiving animals and their evolution.

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