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The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance (original 1982; edition 1982)

by Ernst Mayr

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Title:The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance
Authors:Ernst Mayr
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The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance by Ernst Mayr (1982)

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This is a must read for evolutionary biologists. Mayr decribe in very detail the origins of evolution, genetics and zoology. However, one should be aware that May's account is biased: he wasn't particularly friendly with either theoreticians and experimentalists. Also, the structure is a bit confusing and some stories are fragmented throughout the book. ( )
  amarcobio | Aug 20, 2013 |
This book is an exceptional history of science because it was written by a very prominent scientist. It's hard to imagine that a better history of biology will become available anytime soon. Especially the chapters on diversity and evolution are fascinating and understandable even for a layman, the final chapter on inheritance is more difficult because some familiarity with cell biology is required. At the end there's an interesting synopsis of some philosophical consequences drawn from the preceding chapters. If you're interested in the history of biology, this is the book you should begin with.
  thcson | Nov 7, 2010 |
Sobering counter-weight to "hard" science preponderance! ( )
  rogerbelling | May 26, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0674364465, Paperback)

No one in this century can speak with greater authority on the progress of ideas in biology than Ernst Mayr. And no book has ever established the life sciences so firmly in the mainstream of Western intellectual history as "The Growth of Biological Thought." Ten years in preparation, this is a work of epic proportions, tracing the development of the major problems of biology from the earliest attempts to find order in the diversity of life, to modern research into the mechanisms of gene transmission.

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