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One 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 Details

ISBN: 9780674006775
ISBN-10: 0674006771
Format: Paperback
(190mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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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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