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Evolution

  • Social Evolution and Inclusive Fitness Theoryby James A.R. Marshall

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 39.95

    Social behavior has long puzzled evolutionary biologists, since the classical theory of natural selection maintains that individuals should not sacrifice their own fitness to affect that of others. Social Evolution and Inclusive Fitness Theory argues that a theory first presented in 1963 by William D. Hamilton?inclusive fitness theory?provides the... more...

  • The Vital Questionby Nick Lane

    Profile Books 2015; US$ 26.67

    Why is life the way it is? Bacteria evolved into complex life just once in four billion years of life on earth - and all complex life shares many strange properties, from sex to ageing and death. If life evolved on other planets, would it be the same or completely different? In The Vital Question, Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary... more...

  • The Politics of Evolutionby David F. Prindle

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    The controversy over teaching evolution or creationism in American public schools offers a policy paradox. Two sets of values?science and democracy?are in conflict when it comes to the question of what to teach in public school biology classes. Prindle illuminates this tension between American public opinion, which clearly prefers that creationism... more...

  • How to Clone a Mammothby Beth Shapiro

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 24.95

    Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth , Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing... more...

  • Darwin heuteby Peter-Michael Kaiser; Martin Neukamm; Bernulf Kanitscheider; Harald Lesch; Martin Neukamm; Peter Schuster; Charlotte Störmer; Eckart Voland; Gerhard Vollmer

    WBG - Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 2015; US$ 111.04

    Was hat Darwins Evolutionstheorie aus dem 19.Jh. mit der Erzeugung maßgeschneiderter Moleküle im Reagenzglas, mit der Enstehung des Universums oder regenerativer Medizin zu tun? Die Antwort gibt dieses Buch, indem es aufzeigt, dass die Darwinschen Gedanken auch außerhalb der Biologie Einzug in die modernen Wissenschaften gehalten haben. Die Autoren... more...

  • Eternal Ephemeraby Niles Eldredge

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    One of evolution?s fundamental questions is how the skein of life on Earth remains unbroken yet is constantly renewed by new species. What accounts for the scientific paradox that all organisms and species are ephemeral, and yet life endures, yielding more advanced players in nature?s eternal play? In this riveting work, renowned scientist Niles Eldredge... more...

  • Playing the Genetic Hand Life Dealt Youby Craig Hassed

    Michelle Anderson Publishing 2015; US$ 15.95

    Genetics, the very blueprint of life on Earth, is constantly adapting and re-expressing itself in an ongoing interplay with the environment, mind and consciousness. The old way of looking at genetics was that we just got dealt a genetic hand by nature and we were either lucky or unlucky in what we got dealt. We are now coming to understand that this... more...

  • Figures of a Changing World: Metaphor and the Emergence of Modern Cultureby Harry Berger Jr.

    Fordham University Press 2014; US$ 13.99

    Figures of a Changing World offers a dramatic new account of cultural change, an account based on the distinction between two familiar rhetorical figures, metonymy and metaphor. The book treats metonymy as the basic organizing trope of traditional culture and metaphor as the basic organizing trope of modern culture. On the one hand, metonymies present... more...

  • Die Kultur des Neoevolutionismusby Fabian Deus; Anna-Lena Dießelmann; Luisa Fischer; Clemens Knobloch

    transcript 2014; US$ 34.61

    Von den wissenschaftlichen Weltanschauungen des 19. Jahrhunderts ist im frühen 21. Jahrhundert einzig der Darwinismus noch populär und expansiv. Der Band zeigt: Die evolutionistischen Deutungsmuster haben sich - beflügelt durch den spektakulären Erfolg der Genetik - auch in Gebieten ausgebreitet, die zuvor den Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaftlern vorbehalten... more...

  • The Arrival of the Fittestby Andreas Wagner

    Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 32.10

    We all know about natural selection and the so-called survival of the fittest, which governs how evolution preserves useful adaptations in each subsequent generation of a species. Unfortunately, random change alone could not have produced life as we know it – the maths don't add up, according to cutting-edge research by Andreas Wagner in the revolutionary... more...