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"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
Posted September 14, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.