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What Evolution Is

Series: Science Masters

By: Ernst Mayr

349 pages, Illus, figs, tabs, maps

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Paperback | Dec 2002 | #127679 | ISBN: 0753813688
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Hardback | Dec 2002 | #121639 | ISBN: 0297607413
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Comprehensive account on the progress and achievements of evolutionary science, written by the founding father of modern genetic and evolutionary theory.
`There is no better book on evolution. There will never be another book like it. The next best thing to Darwin himself.' Jared Diamond
`[Ernst Mayr is] the world's greatest living evolutionary biologist and a writer of extraordinary insight and clarity.' Stephen Jay Gould

Mayr is one of the influential scientists of the last century. This compact book delivers the wealth of his 70 year career in a single, well measured punch. GLASGOW HERALD "We are taken all the way from Darwin to the frontiers of biology, including ideas on the causes of altruism and the consequences for humans now that natural selection is no longer happening to us." OBSERVER

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Ernst Mayr was born in Kempten, Germany, in 1904. He was one of the main architects of the modern synthesis of genetic and evolutionary theory whose career has spanned fields as diverse as ornithology, systematics, zoo-geography, evolutionary theory, and the philosophy and history of science. He has written 13 books, and published more than 700 scientific papers. Since 1953 he has been on the faculty of Harvard University, and, at the age of 96, continues to make the trip into work several days a week.

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