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

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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. His recent books include This is Biology: The Science of the Living World and What Evolution Is.

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As Ernst Mayr, the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the 20th century, turns 100 years old, he offers this collection of essays that argue that biology is an autonomous science rather than a branch of the physical sciences. He offers insights on the history of evolutionary thought, critiques the conditions of philosophy to science of biology, and more. 0-521-84114-3$30.00 / Cambridge University Press

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This book is a collection of revised and new essays from the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the past century, written in time for his 100th birthday. Here Ernst Mayr explores biology as an autonomous science, the history of evolutionary thought, the contributions of philosophy to the science of biology, and the major ongoing issues in evolutionary theory.

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A collection of revised, collected, and new essays written by Ernst Mayr in time for his 100th birthday. Mayr, the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the past century, explores biology as an autonomous science, offers insights on the history of evolutionary thought, critiques the contributions of philosophy to the science of biology, and comments on several of the major ongoing issues in evolutionary theory. Notably, he explains that Darwin's theory of evolution is actually five separate theories, each with its own history, trajectory and impact.

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This book, a collection of essays written by the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the twentieth century, explores biology as an autonomous science, offers insights on the history of evolutionary thought, critiques the contributions of philosophy to the science of biology, and comments on several of the major ongoing issues 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. Natural selection is a separate idea from common descent, and from geographic speciation, and so on. A number of the perennial Darwinian controversies may well have been caused by the confounding of the five separate theories into a single composite. Those interested in evolutionary theory, or the philosophy and history of science will find useful ideas in this book, which should appeal to virtually anyone with a broad curiosity about biology.

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Revised and new essays from Ernst Mayr, the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the past century.

About the Author

Ernst Mayr is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. For his contributions as an evolutionary biologist, taxonomist, ornithologist, as well as historian and philosopher of biology, Mayr has been hailed as 'the Darwin of the 20th century'. This is his 25th book.

Table of Contents

Preface: what is there at 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?; Glossary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521700344
Author:
Mayr, Ernst
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Biology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Evolution (Biology) -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Biology-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.99x6.06x.60 in. .75 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , As Ernst Mayr, the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the 20th century, turns 100 years old, he offers this collection of essays that argue that biology is an autonomous science rather than a branch of the physical sciences. He offers insights on the history of evolutionary thought, critiques the conditions of philosophy to science of biology, and more. 0-521-84114-3$30.00 / Cambridge University Press
"Synopsis" by , This book is a collection of revised and new essays from the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the past century, written in time for his 100th birthday. Here Ernst Mayr explores biology as an autonomous science, the history of evolutionary thought, the contributions of philosophy to the science of biology, and the major ongoing issues in evolutionary theory.
"Synopsis" by , A collection of revised, collected, and new essays written by Ernst Mayr in time for his 100th birthday. Mayr, the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the past century, explores biology as an autonomous science, offers insights on the history of evolutionary thought, critiques the contributions of philosophy to the science of biology, and comments on several of the major ongoing issues in evolutionary theory. Notably, he explains that Darwin's theory of evolution is actually five separate theories, each with its own history, trajectory and impact.
"Synopsis" by , This book, a collection of essays written by the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the twentieth century, explores biology as an autonomous science, offers insights on the history of evolutionary thought, critiques the contributions of philosophy to the science of biology, and comments on several of the major ongoing issues 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. Natural selection is a separate idea from common descent, and from geographic speciation, and so on. A number of the perennial Darwinian controversies may well have been caused by the confounding of the five separate theories into a single composite. Those interested in evolutionary theory, or the philosophy and history of science will find useful ideas in this book, which should appeal to virtually anyone with a broad curiosity about biology.
"Synopsis" by , Revised and new essays from Ernst Mayr, the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the past century.
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