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

  • Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press 1982
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ix, 974 pages ; 25 cm
  • 0674364457
  • 9780674364455
  • 0674364465
  • 9780674364462
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 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.
  • Epilogue : toward a science of science.
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  • Explores the development of the ideas of evolutionary biology, particularly as affected by the increasing understanding of genetics and of the chemical basis of inheritance.

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