The Triple Helix
Gene, Organism and Environment
By (author) Richard C. Lewontin
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Triple Helix by Richard C. Lewontin
Book DescriptionOne of our most brilliant evolutionary biologists, Richard Lewontin has also been a leading critic of those - scientists and non-scientists alike - who would misuse the science to which he has contributed so much. In this book, the author the scientist, and the critic come together to provide a concise, accessible account of what his work has taught him about biology and about its relevance to human affairs. In the process, he exposes some of the common and troubling misconceptions that misdirect and stall our understanding of biology and evolution. The central message of this book is that we will never fully understand living things if we continue to think of genes, organisms, and environments as separate entities, each with its distinct role to play in the history and operation of organic processes. Here Lewontin shows that an organism is a unique consequence of both genes and environment, of both internal and external features. Rejecting the notion that genes determine the organism, which then adapts to the environment, he explains that organisms, influenced in their development by their circumstances, in turn create, modify, and chose the environment in which they live.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674006775
(190mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard C. Lewontin
Biology Under the Influence, Paperback (March 2008)
Provides a critique of genetic determinism and reductionism within science while exploring a range of issues including the nature of science, biology, evolution, the environment, public health, and dialectics. This work brings together the essays of two prominent scientists who work to empower the public's understanding of science and nature.
Ontogeny of Information, Paperback (March 2000)View all books by Richard C. Lewontin
Argues compellingly that nature and nurture are not alternative influences on human development but, rather, developmental products and the developmental processes that produce them. This title shows that what developmental information" does depends on what is already in place and what alternatives are available.
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Author Biography - Richard C. Lewontin
Richard Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. His many books include Biology and Ideology, Not in Our Genes, and Human Diversity.
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