The Princeton Guide to Evolution

The Princeton Guide to Evolution

by David A. Baum
     
 

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The Princeton Guide to Evolution is a comprehensive, concise, and authoritative reference to the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions. Edited by a distinguished team of evolutionary biologists, with contributions from leading researchers, the guide contains some 100 clear, accurate, and

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The Princeton Guide to Evolution is a comprehensive, concise, and authoritative reference to the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions. Edited by a distinguished team of evolutionary biologists, with contributions from leading researchers, the guide contains some 100 clear, accurate, and up-to-date articles on the most important topics in seven major areas: phylogenetics and the history of life; selection and adaptation; evolutionary processes; genes, genomes, and phenotypes; speciation and macroevolution; evolution of behavior, society, and humans; and evolution and modern society. Complete with more than 100 illustrations (including eight pages in color), glossaries of key terms, suggestions for further reading on each topic, and an index, this is an essential volume for undergraduate and graduate students, scientists in related fields, and anyone else with a serious interest in evolution.

  • Explains key topics in some 100 concise and authoritative articles written by a team of leading evolutionary biologists
  • Contains more than 100 illustrations, including eight pages in color
  • Each article includes an outline, glossary, bibliography, and cross-references
  • Covers phylogenetics and the history of life; selection and adaptation; evolutionary processes; genes, genomes, and phenotypes; speciation and macroevolution; evolution of behavior, society, and humans; and evolution and modern society

Editorial Reviews

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"Biology students will find this material helpful, and those with a desire to learn more about the history of life, genes, evolutionary processes, and the like might also find this a worthwhile title to peruse. A comprehensive guide to all aspects of evolution. Great for students and teachers of the subject."Library Journal

"This comprehensive reference covers an enormous breadth of information on the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology. . . . The list of international contributors consists of leading evolutionary biologists from a variety of academic institutions."Booklist

"The writers have worked hard (and succeeded) to make the text as easily readable to the non-specialist reader . . . losing the textbook rigor that will be required by the specialist, who wants an up to date and comprehensive reference. I would thoroughly recommend this book both for those who are struggling with epigenetics and for experts who need all the arguments for the facts about evolution easily to hand."—Brian Livingstone, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

"This massive compendium of 107 chapters covers just about everything there is to know about evolution. . . . Eight major sections cover introductory matters; phylogenetic methods and paleontological surveys; adaptation and selection; processes of evolution (mostly genetic); evolution of genes and genomes; speciation and macroevolutionary processes; behavioral evolution, especially related to humans; and the roles and questions regarding evolution in modern life. . . . Overall, an excellent starting point for deeper investigation."Choice

"Princeton University Press, together with the editors and contributors to The Princeton Guide to Evolution, deserve massive congratulations for having produced an exhaustive and fascinating guide to one of the most important of all scientific truths."—Charles H. Middleburgh, Charles Middleburgh Blog

"All in all, a good and useful book."—John Goodier, Reference Reviews

"I will make extensive use of The Princeton Guide to Evolution, and I recommend it to everyone who has questions (and answers) about evolution—what it is, and how it works. Congratulations to the editors and the contributors for a work that will serve a very broad readership well. I look forward to the next edition!"—Marvalee H. Wake, Reports of the National Center for Science Education

"[T]he encyclopaedic nature of the book makes it a fascinating tour-de-force through the multifaceted ideas and facts of one of the most important scientific fields."—Christoph Oberprieler, Journal of Plant Physiology

Library Journal
10/15/2013
The editors' intention with this book is to create a broad reference to all aspects of evolution, vastly updating Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, which was written 150 years ago. The Guide is sectioned into eight parts and need not be read straight through to be useful. Some articles are very technical, while others can be read by those seeking basic information. In this way, the volume works for both professionals and laypersons. Each article begins with an outline and glossary to aid the reader in understanding the material. A section for further reading is also included. Biology students will find this material helpful, and those with a desire to learn more about the history of life, genes, evolutionary processes, and the like might also find this a worthwhile title to peruse. VERDICT A comprehensive guide to all aspects of evolution. Great for students and teachers of the subject.—Christine Sharbrough, Chelmsford P.L., MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400848065
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/04/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
872
File size:
10 MB

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Meet the Author

Jonathan B. Losos is the Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America and professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University. David A. Baum is professor of botany and director of the J. F. Crow Institute for Evolution at the University of Wisconsin. Douglas J. Futuyma is Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University. Hopi E. Hoekstra is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University. Richard E. Lenski is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Michigan State University. Allen J. Moore is professor of genetics at the University of Georgia. Catherine L. Peichel is an associate member of the human biology and basic sciences divisions of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dolph Schluter is professor of zoology and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia. Michael J. Whitlock is professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia.

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