Genesis : The Evolution of Biology

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This book presents a history of the past two centuries of biology, suitable for use in courses, but of interest more broadly to evolutionary biologists, geneticists, and biomedical scientists, and general readers interested in the history of science. The book covers the early evolutionary biologists-Lamarck, Cuvier, Darwin, Wallace, etc., through Mayr and the neodarwinian synthesis, in much the same way as other histories of evolution have done, bringing in also the social implications, the struggles with our religious understanding, and the interweaving of genetics into evolutionary theory. What is novel about Sapp's account is a real integration of the cytological tradition, from Schwann, Boveri, and the other early cell biologists and embryologists, and the coverage of symbiosis, microbial evolutionary phylogenies, and the new understanding of complete microbial genomes. The book as a whole will serve as a good introduction to the rise of modern biology over the past two more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 26mm | 557.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195156196
  • 9780195156195
  • 2,040,752

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No doubt that biology and history of science students and teachers, as well as a well-read general audience, will enjoy reading this captivating book. * Plant Systematics and Evolution * This volume is a highly readable, broad, and deep introduction to the history of the theories of evolution ... Sapp provides incisive details of all the major advances and controversies, be it in evolution, cell or molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, ontogeny, or symbiosis. * Plant Systematics and Evolution *show more

Table of contents

Part I: evolution and revolution; the origin; Darwin's champions; Darwinism and socio-political thought; mutualism; dissent from Darwin. Part II: the myth of cell theory; the body politic; evolving embryology; the egg. Part III: Mendel Redux; emerging genetics; Darwinian renaissance; genes, germs, and enzymes; genetic heresy. Part IV: conceiving a master molecule; beyond the genome; molecular evolution and microbial phylogeny; symbiomics; the evolution of more

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