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  • Taschenbuch: 784 Seiten
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons; Auflage: 3. Auflage (5. September 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1405103450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405103459
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,5 x 18,4 x 24,1 cm
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8 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Dr. Horst Wolfgang Boger on 4. Mai 2009
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Dieses Lehrbuch gehört zu den meist verwendeten seiner Art. Warum dies so ist, wird sogleich klar, wenn man das Inhaltsverzeichnis oder ein beliebiges Kapitel aufschlägt. Es ist straff organisiert, es ist weder redundant noch übermäßig komprimiert und es zeichnet sich vor allem durch vorbildliche theoretische Argumentationen aus. Ridley kann Probleme theoretisch durchleuchten.

Drei per Zufall ausgewählte Beispiele:

1) Er kann sehr gut plausibel machen, warum es "adaptiv gerichtete Mutationen" ("adaptively directed mutations"), an die offensichtlich Joachim Bauer (Das kooperative Gen: Abschied vom Darwinismus) glaubt, schlechterdings nicht geben kann: Gerichtete Mutationen gleichen nämlich Amerikanern, die im 17. Jahrhundert mit Hieroglyphen, die sie nicht verstehen, ein Handbuch für die Änderung eines Computerprogramms im Jahre 1970 schreiben wollen, von dem sie keinerlei Ahnung haben können. (S. 89; vgl. auch S. 257 f.) (Hieroglyphen können erst seit der Entdeckung des Steins von Rosette im Jahre 1799 entziffert werden.)

2) George C. Williams hat in seinem berühmten Buch Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought die These vertreten, dass Gene, nicht aber Individuen oder Spezies die Einheiten sind, an denen Natürliche Selektion ansetzt. Er definierte Gen als diejenige Entität, "that which segregates and recombines with appreciable frequency". Der scharfsinnige Ridley sieht sich - auf S.
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I have the 1994 edition. It is a textbook, but it was no act of masochism to read it through. This is a compliment to any sizeable textbook, but do not think it reads like a novel. If you skim it, you will be missing a great deal.
I liked the writing, which is clear, pleasant and efficient; no waffle. The book is carefully structured and the aim throughout is to convey the successive themes; there is not much stopping to sniff the flowers. Examples and illustrations are effectively chosen to illuminate specific points. The history of the subject and of views on the subject matter is carefully interwoven with the development of the themes, to give a powerful insight into the respective status of major current schools of thought. The book is exceptional in its dispassionate discussion of rival opinions.
I should have liked a more comprehensive index. Several times when wanting to refer back to points, I was reduced to paging and searching. The CD version must be a real luxury.
Strongly recommended to students, professionals and serious evolutionary dilletants. Creation scientists have no one but themselves to blame if they burn their fingers on it.
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Most of us who have a professional or casual interest in evolution and the natural world gain our knowledge from popular articles, books and perhaps the dim recesses of our undergraduate textbook memory. While Dawkins' _The Selfish Gene_ or _Darwin's Dangerous Idea_ by Dennet may lay out the bones and flesh of our modern view of the natural world with wonderous analogies and often beautiful prose it's not until opening this volume that what's missing will be noticed: a sense of history, of excitement, of challenging thought.
Evolution (and its sub-branches) have been controversial, not just on religious terms (the less said about that the better) but in the normal manner of grand scientific theories attempting to explain the world in which we live. The importance of claims, counter-claims and paradigm shifts are hard to grasp without having been present, if not in person then intellecutally. _This_, with joy and a very sensitive editor's pen, is what Mark Ridly (author of the popular undergraduate text _Evolution_) has managed to give us with his selection of seminal papers in the history of evolutionary thought.
The articles, ranging from Darwin through to the present day) are superbly chosen and in many cases hard for students or professionals (let along lay readers) to obtain. An absence of maths from even the most statistical of papers (which still remain cogent) will be welcomed by those not up for weeks of scribbling.
The papers themselves are clear and thoughtful, their importance is always obvious and, through their arrangement, lead the reader on a merry intellectual dance of claim, counter-claim and converging streams of thought.
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priceless source for prompting thought 26. August 1998
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Most of us who have a professional or casual interest in evolution and the natural world gain our knowledge from popular articles, books and perhaps the dim recesses of our undergraduate textbook memory. While Dawkins' _The Selfish Gene_ or _Darwin's Dangerous Idea_ by Dennet may lay out the bones and flesh of our modern view of the natural world with wonderous analogies and often beautiful prose it's not until opening this volume that what's missing will be noticed: a sense of history, of excitement, of challenging thought.
Evolution (and its sub-branches) have been controversial, not just on religious terms (the less said about that the better) but in the normal manner of grand scientific theories attempting to explain the world in which we live. The importance of claims, counter-claims and paradigm shifts are hard to grasp without having been present, if not in person then intellecutally. _This_, with joy and a very sensitive editor's pen, is what Mark Ridly (author of the popular undergraduate text _Evolution_) has managed to give us with his selection of seminal papers in the history of evolutionary thought.
The articles, ranging from Darwin through to the present day) are superbly chosen and in many cases hard for students or professionals (let along lay readers) to obtain. An absence of maths from even the most statistical of papers (which still remain cogent) will be welcomed by those not up for weeks of scribbling.
The papers themselves are clear and thoughtful, their importance is always obvious and, through their arrangement, lead the reader on a merry intellectual dance of claim, counter-claim and converging streams of thought.
Reading this book is an intellectual adventure; no summaries of events long past, the papers (and the accompanying short essays by Ridley) give a sense of the issues, how thoughtful the responses and creative the science.
In short - this book make me re-think about what and how we know about evolution. It stimulated my research. Higher praise I cannot give.
May there be many more in this wonderful series.
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Excellent review of modern evolutionary thought 24. Juni 2004
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I saw the 2 star review and decided I could not let it sit without challenge. I have just received my Phd in psychology and masters in statistics, and have decided to attempt to make a career out of behavioral genetics and evolutionary genetics. Mark Ridley's book was an absolute inspiration to me when I first read it, and it continues to be a must-have reference. The book is noteworthy because it explains the major debates in evolutionary thought in a balanced yet readable way. For example, Ridley gives an excellent introduction into the fundamental question about what maintains genetic variation in the face of selection, an issue that is given only cursory attention in other books of this kind.
I first read this as an undergraduate, yet it continues to serve as my fundamental reference to evolutionary biology. This is truly a wonderful introduction to evolution.
34 von 37 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
If you are serious about evolution, read this. 29. Juni 1999
Von Jon Richfield(jonr@iafrica.com) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have the 1994 edition. It is a textbook, but it was no act of masochism to read it through. This is a compliment to any sizeable textbook, but do not think it reads like a novel. If you skim it, you will be missing a great deal.
I liked the writing, which is clear, pleasant and efficient; no waffle. The book is carefully structured and the aim throughout is to convey the successive themes; there is not much stopping to sniff the flowers. Examples and illustrations are effectively chosen to illuminate specific points. The history of the subject and of views on the subject matter is carefully interwoven with the development of the themes, to give a powerful insight into the respective status of major current schools of thought. The book is exceptional in its dispassionate discussion of rival opinions.
I should have liked a more comprehensive index. Several times when wanting to refer back to points, I was reduced to paging and searching. The CD version must be a real luxury.
Strongly recommended to students, professionals and serious evolutionary dilletants. Creation scientists have no one but themselves to blame if they burn their fingers on it.
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Great book, a bit pricey 13. Januar 2004
Von Steven M. Vamosi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ridley does a great job of summarizing the evidence for evolution, highlighting key concepts, and discussing recent research findings. The references cited throughout the book (and nicely listed all together at the end) are a great starting point for a beginning student of evolution. I'm impressed with how many of the cited works were published in 2000 or later. Although written primarily as a textbook for undergraduates in the biological sciences, his clear writing style and insistence on defining all key terms should make it accessible to a much broader audience. For those lecturing on evolution, the Web resources that accompany the text are quite handy, too. If I had one knock against the book (it's the reason for 4, rather than 5, stars), it would be the price: ~ $140 CDN seems a bit steep, and will likely deter many prospective readers.
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A shortlist of monumental papers by evolutionary biologists 5. Januar 2007
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This was the main text we used in my evolution course at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. It is a collection of influential papers, each representative of an important discovery or contribution to the development of modern evolutionary thought. As you should expect from any collection of academic papers, some parts are very interesting and exciting while others are painfully boring. A couple personal favorites in this book are the papers "evolutionary explosions and the phylogenetic fuse" and "the spandrels of san marco and the panglossian paradigm." Though, it should be noted that the latter was significantly shortened for this edition. Overall, a great and fascinating collection.
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