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Description - The Evolutionary Synthesis by Ernst Mayr

Biology was formed into one coherent single science only within living memory. In this volume the thinkers responsible for the "modern synthesis" of evolutionary biology and genetics come together to analyze that remarkable event. In a new preface, Ernst Mayr calls attention to the fact that scientists in different biological disciplines differed considerably in their degree of acceptance of Darwin's theories. Mayr shows us that these differences were played out in four separate periods between 1859 and 1947 - and thus enables us to understand fully why the synthesis was necessary and why Darwin's original theory - that evolutionary change is due to the combination of variation and selection - is as solid at the end of the 20th century as it was in 1859.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674272262
ISBN-10: 0674272269
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 504
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ernst Mayr

Ernst Mayr is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Crafoord Prize for Biology, the National Medal of Science, the Balzan Prize, and the Japan Prize.

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