All Shops

Go to British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £25 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Evolutionary Biology  Evolution

Principles of Evolution

Edited By: Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns and Stefan Thurner
416 pages, 220 black & white illustrations, 50 colour illustrations
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Principles of Evolution
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Principles of Evolution ISBN: 9783642181368 Hardback Apr 2011 Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
    £53.99
    #191055
Selected version: £53.99
About this book Contents Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

With contributions from a team of leading experts, this volume provides a comprehensive survey of recent achievements in our scientific understanding of evolution. The questions it asks concern the beginnings of the universe, the origin of life and the chances of its arising at all, the role of contingency, and the search for universal features in the plethora of evolutionary phenomena. Rather than oversimplified or premature answers, the chapters provide a clear picture of how these essential problems are being tackled, enabling the reader to understand current thinking and open questions.

The tools employed stem from a range of disciplines including mathematics, physics, biochemistry and cell biology. Self-organization as an overarching concept is demonstrated in the most diverse areas: from galaxy formation in the universe to spindle and aster formation in the cell. Chemical master equations, population dynamics, and evolutionary game theory are presented as suitable frameworks for understanding the universal mechanisms and organizational principles observed in a wide range of living units, ranging from cells to societies. This book will provide engaging reading and food for thought for all those seeking a deeper understanding of the science of evolution.

Contents

Introduction.- Part I Principles of Evolution.- Physical Principles of Evolution.- The Interplay of Replication, Variation and Selection in the Dynamics of Evolving Populations.- A Simple General Model of Evolutionary Dynamics.- Can we Recognize an Innovation? Perspective from an Evolving Network Model.- Part II From Random to Complex Structures: The Concept of Self-Organization for Galaxies, Asters and Spindles.- How Stochastic Dynamics far from Equilibrium can Create Nonrandom Patterns.- Structure Formation in the Universe.- The Need for Quantum Cosmology.- Self-Organization in Cells.- Part III Protocells in Silico and In Vitro.- Approach of Complex-Systems Biology to Reproduction and Evolution.- Wet Artificial Life: The Construction of Artificial Living Systems.- Towards a Minimal System for Cell Division.- Part IV From Cells to Societies.- Bacterial Games.- Darwin and the Evolution of Human Cooperation.- Similarities Between Biological and Social Networks in their Structural Organization.- From Swarms to Societies: Origins of Social Organization.- Index.

Customer Reviews

Biography

Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns is full professor and head of the statistical physics group at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. Her area of expertise ranges from general relativity and theoretical particle physics to statistical physics and its applications to complex systems. Stefan Thurner is Professor of Science of Complex Systems at the Medical University of Vienna and external professor at the Santa Fe institute. His area of interest extends from theoretical physics and applied mathematics to complex systems theory and its applications in life science and economics.

Edited By: Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns and Stefan Thurner
416 pages, 220 black & white illustrations, 50 colour illustrations
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Current promotions
Best of Winter 2018Handbook of the Bees of the British Isles (2-Volume Set)Order your free copy of our 2018 equipment catalogueBritish Wildlife