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Main Title The growth of biological thought : diversity, evolution, and inheritance /
Author Mayr, Ernst,
Publisher Belknap Press,
Year Published 1982
Report Number 81013204
OCLC Number 07875904
ISBN 0674364457; 9780674364455; 0674364465; 9780674364462
Subjects Biology--History ; Biology--Philosophy--History ; Biological Evolution ; Genetics ; Biologie ; Evolutietheorie ; Filosofie ; Geschichte ; Biologie--Histoire ; Biologie--Philosophie--Histoire ; Biologie--Histoire--ram ; Biologie--Philosophie--Histoire--ram
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBM  QH305.M26 1982 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 12/03/2004
Collation ix, 974 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: p. 893-955. Includes index.
Contents Notes
Introduction : how to write history of biology -- The place of biology in the sciences and its conceptual structure -- The changing intellectual milieu of biology. Diversity of life. Macrotaxonomy, the science of classifying -- Grouping according to common ancestry -- Microtaxonomy, the science of species. Evolution. Origins without evolution -- Evolution before Darwin -- Charles Darwin -- Darwin's evidence for evolution and common descent -- The causation of evolution : natural selection -- Diversity and synthesis of evolutionary thought -- Post-synthesis developments. Variation and its inheritance. Early theories and breeding experiments -- Germ cells, vehicles of heredity -- The nature of inheritance -- The flowering of Mendelian genetics -- Theories of the gene -- The chemical basis of inheritance. Epilogue : toward a science of science. Explores the development of the ideas of evolutionary biology, particularly as affected by the increasing understanding of genetics and of the chemical basis of inheritance.