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Selection - The Mechanism of Evolution (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997) Loot Price: R2,368
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Selection - The Mechanism of Evolution (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997): Graham Bell
Selection - The Mechanism of Evolution (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997): Graham Bell

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Selection - The Mechanism of Evolution (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997)

Graham Bell

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Thisbookhasbeenwritten tomake a pointand tofulfill a need. Thepoint is that the importance and the distinctiveness of the process of selection have been undervalued by most biologists. There is, consequently, the need for a book that describes the principles of selection in a simple but reasonably comprehensive way. Selection Is a Distinct Kind ofProcess Although we are now well into the second century of Darwinism, the theorythatDarwinand Wallaceannouncedin 1858hasnotyetmademuch progress beyond a small coterie of professional biologists. The reason is thatit isjarringlyunfamiliar toournormalexperienceofhow things come to be. Few ofus would be able to design a light bulb or a lathe, still fewer the computerand itsattendant softwarewithwhich this sentence is being written. But we all have a clear idea of what is meant by "design", and we readily, too readily, transfer this notion to the natural world. A light bulb or a lathe are prefigured in the mind, and constructed according to a plan. It is entirely reasonable to assume that beetles and daisies must be constructed after the same fashion, especially because they are much morecomplicatedthananythingthathumaningenuityhassofarmanaged to devise. There is, however, a second route to complex organization, throughtheselectionofrandomvariantsthatpropagatenearlyexactcopies ofthemselves. Itisofverylittleconsequenceinourdailylives,becauseifis somuchmorelaboriousandexpensivethandeliberatedesign. However,it isanotherwayofconstructingthings. Indeed, sofarasIknow, itistheonly other way of constructing things that we have ever been able to imagine.

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Imprint: Springer-Verlag New York
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2012
First published: 1997
Authors: Graham Bell
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 36mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 699
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
ISBN-13: 978-1-4613-7739-9
Barcode: 9781461377399
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Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues > Evolution
Books > Medicine > Pre-clinical medicine: basic sciences > Medical genetics
LSN: 1-4613-7739-0

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