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This is Biology: The Science of the Living World
Biology until recently has been the neglected stepchild of science, and many educated people have little grasp of how biology explains the natural world. Yet to address the major political and moral questions that face us today, we must acquire an understanding of their biological roots. This magisterial new book by Ernst Mayr will go far to remedy this situation. An ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Belknap Press
(first published 1997)
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Mayr played a major role in establishing the evolutionary synthesis in the mid-late 20th century and it's a pleasure to read his late-life reflections on the nature of the discipline to which he devoted his life. His major argument is that most of the approaches to science which became dogma in the late 20th century were based on an over-valuation of physics and the associated search for fundamental "laws." As Mayr argues, very little of that applies well to biology, which places a fundamental ...more
Ernst Walter Mayr (July 5, 1904 – February 3, 2005) was one of the 20th century's leading evolutionary biologists. He was also a renowned taxonomist, tropical explorer, ornithologist, and historian of science. His work contributed to the conceptual revolution that led to the modern evolutionary synthesis of Mendelian genetics, systematics, and Darwinian evolution, and to the development of the bio ...moreMore about Ernst W. Mayr...