Sewall Wright and Evolutionary Biology / Edition 2

Sewall Wright and Evolutionary Biology / Edition 2

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by William B. Provine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226684733

ISBN-13: 9780226684734

Pub. Date: 04/28/1989

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"Provine's thorough and thoroughly admirable examination of Wright's life and influence, which is accompanied by a very useful collection of Wright's papers on evolution, is the best we have for any recent figure in evolutionary biology."—Joe Felsenstein, Nature

"In Sewall Wright and Evolutionary Biology . . . Provine has produced an

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"Provine's thorough and thoroughly admirable examination of Wright's life and influence, which is accompanied by a very useful collection of Wright's papers on evolution, is the best we have for any recent figure in evolutionary biology."—Joe Felsenstein, Nature

"In Sewall Wright and Evolutionary Biology . . . Provine has produced an intellectual biography which serves to chart in considerable detail both the life and work of one man and the history of evolutionary theory in the middle half of this century. Provine is admirably suited to his task. . . . The resulting book is clearly a labour of love which will be of great interest to those who have a mature interest in the history of evolutionary theory."-John Durant, ;ITimes Higher Education Supplement;X

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226684734
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/1989
Series:
Science and Its Conceptual Foundations Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
562
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.27(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Early Life and Education, 1889-1912
2. William Ernest Castle, Edward Murray East, and the Bussey Institution of Harvard
3. Harvard, 1912-1915
4. USDA and Washington, 1915-1925
5. Path Coefficients and Animal Breeding
6. The University of Chicago and Physiological Genetics, 1926-1955
7. The Problem of Adaptation and Mechanisms of Evolution after Darwin
8. Wright, Fisher, and the Theory of Evolution in Nature
9. Wright's Shifting Balance Theory of Evolution
10. Wright, Dobzhansky, and the Genetics of Natural Populations
11. The Genetics of Natural Populations Series
12. Evolutionary Theory, 1940-1955
13. The Madison Years
References
Publications by Sewall Wright
Index

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Sewall Wright and Evolutionary Biology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
Provine draws from the professional literature, a vast correspondence, and personal interviews to construct the history of Wright’s work in evolutionary biology focusing on important collaborations and controversies involving Fisher, Dobzhansky, Mayr, Kumura, Ohta and others. The book is dense, engaging reading and a must read for students of evolution and population studies. I found much of value connecting Wright's work with my concerns in field ecology. One development that really stands out is the move of biology from a more descriptive science to a more quantifiable one and the importance of mathematical developments, especially in statistics, for this advance. This presentation offers valuable insights into the history of science and evolutionary thought in particular as well as the process of science and the importance of peer interactions (even when negative) for defining problems and alternative views.