Evolution: The Extended Synthesis

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Overview

In the six decades since the publication of Julian Huxley's Evolution:
The Modern Synthesis, the spectacular empirical advances in the biological sciences have been accompanied by equally significant developments within the core theoretical framework of the discipline. As a result, evolutionary theory today includes concepts and even entire new fields that were not part of the foundational structure of the Modern Synthesis. In this volume, sixteen leading evolutionary biologists and philosophers of science survey the conceptual changes that have emerged since Huxley's landmark publication, not only in such traditional domains of evolutionary biology as quantitative genetics and paleontology but also in such new fields of research as genomics and EvoDevo. Most of the contributors to Evolution --
The Extended Synthesis accept many of the tenets of the classical framework but want to relax some of its assumptions and introduce significant conceptual augmentations of the basic Modern Synthesis structure--just as the architects of the Modern
Synthesis themselves expanded and modulated previous versions of Darwinism. This continuing revision of a theoretical edifice the foundations of which were laid in the middle of the nineteenth century--the reexamination of old ideas, proposals of new ones, and the synthesis of the most suitable--shows us how science works, and how scientists have painstakingly built a solid set of explanations for what Darwin called the "grandeur" of life.Contributors John Beatty, Werner Callebaut,
Jeremy Draghi, Chrisantha Fernando, Sergey Gavrilets, John C. Gerhart, Eva Jablonka,
David Jablonski, Marc W. Kirschner, Marion J. Lamb, Alan C. Love, Gerd B. Müller,
Stuart A. Newman, John Odling-Smee, Massimo Pigliucci, Michael Purugganan, Eörs
Szathmáry, Günter P. Wagner, David Sloan Wilson, Gregory A. Wray

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"An impressive and provocative overview; it should become the focus of semester-long graduate student reading groups across the country, as it has at my home institution." Michael J. Wade BioScience

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262513678
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 1,091,611
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Massimo Pigliucci is Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New
York.

Gerd B. Müller is Professor of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna and
Chairman of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research. He is a coeditor of Origination of Organismal Form (MIT Press, 2003)
and Modeling Biology (MIT Press, 2007).

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