What Makes Biology Unique?: Considerations on the Autonomy of a Scientific Discipline

What Makes Biology Unique?: Considerations on the Autonomy of a Scientific Discipline

by Ernst Mayr
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521841143

ISBN-13: 9780521841146

Pub. Date: 08/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This collection of revised and new essays argues that biology is an autonomous science rather than a branch of the physical sciences. Ernst Mayr, widely considered the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the 20th century, offers insights on the history of evolutionary thought, critiques the conditions of philosophy to the science of biology, and comments on several

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This collection of revised and new essays argues that biology is an autonomous science rather than a branch of the physical sciences. Ernst Mayr, widely considered the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the 20th century, offers insights on the history of evolutionary thought, critiques the conditions of philosophy to the science of biology, and comments on several of the major developments in evolutionary theory. Notably, Mayr explains that Darwin's theory of evolution is actually five separate theories, each with its own history, trajectory and impact. Ernst Mayr, commonly referred to as the "Darwin of the 20th century" and listed as one of the top 100 scientists of all-time, is Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. What Makes Biology Unique is the 25th book he has written during his long and prolific career.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521841146
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: What Is There an Issue?

Introduction

1. Science and Sciences

2. The Autonomy of Biology

3. Teleology

4. Analysis or Reductionism

5. Darwin’s Influence on Modern Thought

6. Darwin’s Five Theories of Evolution

7. Maturation of Darwinism

8.Selection

9. Kuhn’s Scientific Revolutions

10. Another Look at the Species Problem

11. The Origin of Man

12. Are We Alone in This Vast Universe?

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