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Narrow Roads of Gene Land: The Collected Papers of WD Hamilton, Volume 2: The Evolution of Sex

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Series: Narrow Roads of Gene Land: The Collected Papers of WD Hamilton Volume: 2

By: WD Hamilton

872 pages, Figs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 2001 | #55012 | ISBN: 0198503369
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About this book

Why is `blood thicker than water'? Are we innately violent or pacific? What is the best sex ratio? Why are plants and animals sexual? Why do we grow old and die? Over what do our chromosomes quarrel? Such questions motivated the life-work of WD Hamilton, widely acknowledged as the most important theoretical biologist of the 20th century. His papers continue to exert an enormous influence and they are now being re-published for the first time. Each one is introduced by an autobiographical essay written especially for this collection.
'This book is the evolutionary biologist's Harry Potter; the long awaited sequel to a captivating story of a young man with extraordinary powers' NATURE

in both the papers and the essays Hamilton is at his best when enthusing about his favourite species. BioEssays The papers in the book are already classics of scientific research, and the introductions deserve to become classics of scientific autobiography" (From the review of Volume 1 in Nature).


Contents

1. Ghosts of the Museum; 2. Messing the Plotter; 3. Unequal Cousins; 4. Best and Worst Hotels; 5. 'Sex Itself'; 6. Bright Birds; 7. Man of the Sand-dune Tel; 8. At the World's Crossroads; 9. Bishop Wykeham on Evolution; 10. Land of the Rising Sun; 11. Being Rare and Successful; 12. The Hospitals are Coming; 13. Cited but Little Read; 14. Wind in the Baobabs; 15. Time Like a Dripping Tap; 16. The Three Queens; 17. Uccello/Othello; 18. Health and Horsemen; APPENDICES; OUR PAPER THEN AND NOW; FURTHER EVIDENCE

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