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The first edition of Maynard Smith's Evolutionary Genetics (first published in 1989) was welcomed as the first comprehensive introduction to the molecular and population aspects of evolutionary genetics, and has now become one of the definitive textbooks in the field. Aimed at advanced undergraduates in the biological sciences, the book covers basic population and ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published April 9th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1989)
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A friend and I took Coursera’s “Genetics and Evolution” MOOC and we used this textbook to get a better understanding of the material. It is authored by a giant in the field, who also happens to be a clear writer. It is hard to overstate how consequential such clarity is for communicating scientific concepts, suffices to say that both of the “recommended” textbooks are utterly incomprehensible. After genuinely suffering with Griffith’s and Freeman’s textbooks for the first two weeks, we ...more