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Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought (Princeton Science Library)

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

Table of Contents

Preface (1996)
Preface
1Introduction3
2Natural Selection, Adaptation, and Progress20
3Natural Selection, Ecology and Morphogenesis56
4Group Selection92
5Adaptations of the Genetic System125
6Reproductive Physiology and Behavior158
7Social Adaptations193
8Other Supposedly Group-Related Adaptations221
9The Scientific Study of Adaptation251
Literature Cited275
Index291

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691026152
Author:
Williams, George Christopher
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Williams, George C.
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Natural selection
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Science Library
Series Volume:
A Critique of Some C
Publication Date:
May 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 figures
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 11 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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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