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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 quantita ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published April 9th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1989)
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Alex Zakharov
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 discovere ...more
This was written as an MSc-level textbook by the late great John Maynard Smith, and is fairly mathematical/statistical.
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John Maynard Smith FRS was a British evolutionary geneticist; one of the most important biologists of his era.

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