Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought

Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought

by George Christopher Williams
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Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought by George Christopher Williams

Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. His Adaptation and Natural Selection, now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.

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ISBN-13: 9781400820108
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Princeton Science Library
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

George C. Williams is Emeritus Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Chukar89 More than 1 year ago
This is a review for the nook version. Formatting was good, though the illustrations would probably be better viewed on a tablet than the e-ink nooks. As for the book itself, it's a good read for biologists (or any one interested in the field) at any stage of their education. Some of the concepts Williams talks about is dated now, but much of its fundamentals ring true. Williams uses a lot of excellent examples and comparisons to make his point about where evolution should be invoked, which is very useful for those who are not as informed on phenomenon being described. This is a great book to read along with others in learning about evolution.