The growth of biological thought : diversity, evolution, and inheritance / Ernst Mayr.

  • Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Belknap Press 1982
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ix, 974 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 0674364457
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  • Human Genetics Historical Library copy from the collection of Prof. J. H. Edwards, Oxford
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 893-955) and index.
  • 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.
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