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Darwinism's Struggle for Survival: Heredity and the Hypothesis of Natural Selection

Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

By: Jean Gayon

516 pages, Illus

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2007 | #170543 | ISBN-13: 9780521039673
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Hardback | Aug 1998 | #85654 | ISBN: 0521562503
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Examines the different forms taken by the hypothesis of natural selection in the nineteenth century and the major difficulties which it encountered, and shows how these difficulties were overcome during the seventy years which followed the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species. Gayon concludes by analysing the major features of the genetic theory of natural selection, as it developed from 1920 to 1960.

Originally published in 1998.


List of illustrations; Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Darwinian Hypothesis: 1. Wallace and Darwin: a disagreement and its meaning; 2. The ontology of selection; 3. Jenkin's objections, Darwin's dilemma; Part II. Selection Faced with the Challenge of Heredity: Sixty Years of Principled Crisis: 4. Galton and the concept of heredity; 5. Post-Darwinian views of selection and regression; 6. The strategy of indirect corroboration: the case of mimicry; 7. The search for direct proof: biometry; 8. Establishing the possibility of natural selection: the confrontation of Darwinism and Mendelism; Part III. The Genetic Theory of Selection: 9. The place of selection in theoretical population genetics; 10. The empirical and the formal; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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