Description

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.

Key Features

  • Provides a relative ranking of 70 seminal breakthroughs and paradigm shifts in the field of evolutionary biology and genetics
  • Modular format permits ready access to each described subject
  • Historical overview of a field whose concepts are central to all of biology and relevant to a broad audience of biologists, science historians, and philosophers of science
  • Extensively cross-referenced with a guide to landmark papers and books for each topic

Readership

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

References

Part I: The First 50 Years (1859–1910): Laying the Foundations

Part I. The First 50 Years (1859–1910): Laying the Foundations

Chapter 1. 1859 Whose Handiwork?

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 2. 1861 Spontaneous Generation

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

Further Reading

Chapter 3. 1865 The Nature of Heredity

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

Reference

Chapter 4. 1871 Pre-copulatory Sexual Selection

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 5. 1875 Nature versus Nurture

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 6. 1876 Biogeography

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 7. 1889 Germ Plasm

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 8. 1902 The Etiology of Disabilities

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 9. 1902 Autosomes

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 10. 1905 Epistasis

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 11. 1908 Hardy-Weinberg

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 12. 1909 Genotype versus Phenotype

The Standard Paradigm

The Conceptual Revolution

References and Further Reading

Chapter 13. 1909 Non-Mendelian Inheritance

The St

Details

No. of pages:
184
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780124202375
Print ISBN:
9780124201668

About the author

John Avise

John C. Avise is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Irvine, and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. His research utilizes molecular markers to study the ecology and evolution of wild animals on topics ranging from genetic parentage and mating behaviors to gene flow, hybridization, phylogeography, speciation, and phylogeny. He has published more than 340 scientific articles and 25 books on a wide variety of evolutionary genetic topics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California at Irvine, CA, USA

Reviews

"I will recommend it for the pleasure of reading his selection of 70 outstanding contributions to evolutionary genetics and the stimulus it will provide to readers." -- The Quarterly Review of Biology

"The book is stimulating and it gives a quick survey of the key ideas in the field of evolutionary genetics.I will recommend it for the pleasure of reading his selection of 70 outstanding contributions to evolutionary genetics and the stimulus it will provide to readers."--Elof Axel Carlson, Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York and Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA