The Causes of Evolution

J.B.S. Haldane

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The Causes of Evolution

The Causes of Evolution J B S Haldane one of the founders of the science of population genetics was also one of the greatest practitioners of the art of explaining science to the layperson Haldane was a superb s

  • Title: The Causes of Evolution
  • Author: J.B.S. Haldane
  • ISBN: 9780691024424
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • J.B.S Haldane 1892 1964 , one of the founders of the science of population genetics, was also one of the greatest practitioners of the art of explaining science to the layperson Haldane was a superb story teller, as his essays and his children s books attest In The Causes of Evolution he not only helped to marry the new science of genetics to the older one of evolutionJ.B.S Haldane 1892 1964 , one of the founders of the science of population genetics, was also one of the greatest practitioners of the art of explaining science to the layperson Haldane was a superb story teller, as his essays and his children s books attest In The Causes of Evolution he not only helped to marry the new science of genetics to the older one of evolutionary theory but also provided an accessible introduction to the genetical basis of evolution by natural selection Egbert Leigh s new introduction to this classic work places it in the context of the ongoing study of evolution Describing Haldane s refusal to be confined by a System as a light hearted one, Leigh points out that we are now finding that Haldane s questions are the appropriate next stage in learning how adaptation can evolve We are now ready to reap the benefit of the fact that Haldane was a free man in the sense that really matters Haldane s work is even better than most modern popularizations in its balance between gentle rhetoric and logical rigor In addition, working through the arguments in Haldane s Appendices is still likely to produce new ideas in students of the latest topics in sociobiology and evolutionary genetics Henry S Horn, Princeton University

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    1. Charles Eliot on said:

      Darwin and Wallace announced their theories of evolution by natural selection in 1858, and the following year Darwin published his majestic book "The Origin of Species". By 1932, when British scientist J.B.S. Haldane wrote "The Causes of Evolution", evolution was firmly established as a scientific fact (although some were - and still are - willing to keep arguing the point). The mechanism of natural selection had, however, been through a harder slog towards acceptance.Darwin wrote that evolution [...]

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