What Makes Biology Unique?
Considerations on the Autonomy of a Scientific Discipline
By (author) Ernst Mayr
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What Makes Biology Unique? by Ernst Mayr
Book DescriptionThis 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521700344
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ernst Mayr
What Makes Biology Unique?, Hardback (August 2004)
This book contains essays by Ernst Mayr, the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the twentieth century.
What Evolution Is, Paperback (December 2002)
What we do and do not know about evolution, by one of the field's pioneering thinkers.
Birds of Northern Melanesia, Hardback (January 2002)
Ernst Mayr and Jared Diamond decided in 1970 to collaborate on an authoritative monograph presenting their data and interpretations of the evolution of the birds of the Solomon and Bismark Islands. This text is the culmination of their research.
Systematics and the Origin of Species from the Viewpoint of a Zoologist, Paperback (September 1999)» View all books by Ernst Mayr
This study, first published in 1942, helped to revolutionize evolutionary biology by offering a new approach to taxonomic principles, and correlating the ideas and findings of modern systematics with those of other life disciplines.
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Author Biography - Ernst Mayr
Ernst Mayr (1904-2005) was 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 was hailed as 'the Darwin of the 20th century'.
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