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The structure of evolutionary theory, Stephen Jay Gould

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The structure of evolutionary theory
Title
The structure of evolutionary theory
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Jay Gould
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"With attention to detail, Stephen Jay Gould first describes the content and discusses the history and origins of the three core commitments of classical Darwinism: that natural selection works on organisms, not genes or species; that it is almost exclusively the mechanism of adaptive evolutionary change; and that these changes are incremental, not drastic. Next, he examines the three critiques that currently challenge this classic Darwinian edifice: that selection operates on multiple levels, from the gene to the group; that evolution proceeds by a variety of mechanisms, not just natural selection; and that causes operating at broader scales, including catastrophes, have figured prominently in the course of evolution. Then, in a stunning tour de force that will likely stimulate discussion and debate for decades, Gould proposes his own system for integrating these classical commitments and contemporary critiques into a new structure of evolutionary thought." "In 2001 the Library of Congress named Stephen Jay Gould one of America's eighty-three Living Legends - people who embody the "quintessentially American ideal of individual creativity, conviction, dedication, and exuberance." Each of these qualities finds full expression in this peerless work, the likes of which the scientific world has not seen - and may not see again - for well over a century."--Jacket
Summary
Presents a critique of classical Darwinism, covering its core elements, history, and origins, and offers a new structure of evolutionary thought
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
228198
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
576.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH366.2
LC item number
.G663 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2006 M-249
  • QH 366.2
NLM item number
G698s 2002
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
The structure of evolutionary theory, Stephen Jay Gould
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 1344-1387) and index
Contents
Defining and revising the structure of evolutionary theory -- PART I: THE HISTORY OF DARWINIAN LOGIC AND DEBATE: The essence of Darwinism and the basis of modern orthodoxy: an exegesis of the Origin of Species -- Seeds of hierarchy -- Internalism and laws of form: pre-Darwinian alternatives to functionalism -- The fruitful facets of Galton's polyhedron; channels and saltations in post-Darwinian formalism -- Pattern and progress on the geological stage -- The modern synthesis as a limited consensus -- PART II: TOWARDS A REVISED AND EXPANDED EVOLUTIONARY THEORY: Species as individuals in the hierarchical theory of selection -- Punctuated equilibrium and the validation of macroevolutionary theory -- The integration of constraint and adaptation (structure and function) in ontogeny and phylogeny: historical constraints and the evolution of development -- The integration of constraint and adaptation (structure and function) in ontogeny and phylogeny: structural constraints, spandrels, and the centrality of exaptation in macroevolution -- Tiers of time and trials of extrapolationism, with an epilog on the interaction of general theory and contingent theory
Control code
2079700
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xxii, 1,433 p.
Isbn
9780674006133
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001043556
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm47869352
  • (OCoLC)47869352
Label
The structure of evolutionary theory, Stephen Jay Gould
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 1344-1387) and index
Contents
Defining and revising the structure of evolutionary theory -- PART I: THE HISTORY OF DARWINIAN LOGIC AND DEBATE: The essence of Darwinism and the basis of modern orthodoxy: an exegesis of the Origin of Species -- Seeds of hierarchy -- Internalism and laws of form: pre-Darwinian alternatives to functionalism -- The fruitful facets of Galton's polyhedron; channels and saltations in post-Darwinian formalism -- Pattern and progress on the geological stage -- The modern synthesis as a limited consensus -- PART II: TOWARDS A REVISED AND EXPANDED EVOLUTIONARY THEORY: Species as individuals in the hierarchical theory of selection -- Punctuated equilibrium and the validation of macroevolutionary theory -- The integration of constraint and adaptation (structure and function) in ontogeny and phylogeny: historical constraints and the evolution of development -- The integration of constraint and adaptation (structure and function) in ontogeny and phylogeny: structural constraints, spandrels, and the centrality of exaptation in macroevolution -- Tiers of time and trials of extrapolationism, with an epilog on the interaction of general theory and contingent theory
Control code
2079700
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xxii, 1,433 p.
Isbn
9780674006133
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001043556
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm47869352
  • (OCoLC)47869352

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