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Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Genetics

A Brief History of Shifting Paradigms

Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Genetics is a pithy, lively book occupying a special niche-the conceptual history of evolutionary genetics- not inhabited by any other available treatment. Written by a world-leading authority in evolutionary genetics, this work encapsulates and ranks 70 of the most significant paradigm shifts in evolutionary biology and genetics during the century-and-a-half since Darwin and Mendel. The science of evolutionary genetics is central to all of biology, but many students and other practitioners have little knowledge of its historical roots and conceptual developments. This book fills that knowledge gap in a thought-provoking and readable format.

This fascinating chronological journey along the many conceptual pathways to our modern understanding of evolutionary and genetic principles is a wonderful springboard for discussions in undergraduate or graduate seminars in evolutionary biology and genetics. But more than that, anyone interested in the history and philosophy of science will find much of value between its covers.


Biologists, geneticists, evolutionary biologists, developmental biologists, and researchers in, as well as students and academics in these areas and professional scientist in many subfields of biology, such as medicine, paleontology, ethology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and sociology.

Paperback, 184 Pages

Published: March 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-420166-8


  • Introduction
    Part I. The First 50 Years (1859-1910): Laying the Foundations
    Part II. The Next 50 Years (1910-1960): Expanding the Foundations
    Part III. The 1960s and 1970s: Dawn of the Molecular Era
    Part IV. Post-1980: Elaborating and Revisiting the Foundations


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