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The Growth of Biological Thought

The Growth of Biological Thought

Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance

Ernst Mayr

ISBN 9780674364462

Publication date: 01/22/1985

No one in this century can speak with greater authority on the progress of ideas in biology than Ernst Mayr. And no book has ever established the life sciences so firmly in the mainstream of Western intellectual history as The Growth of Biological Thought. Ten years in preparation, this is a work of epic proportions, tracing the development of the major problems of biology from the earliest attempts to find order in the diversity of life to modern research into the mechanisms of gene transmission.

Praise

  • Mayr's book is a book of great erudition and insight. No other single volume offers such an extensive account of the history of the subjects in question while providing as penetrating a view of the nature of these subjects.

    —Richard W. Burkhardt, Times Higher Education Supplement

Author

  • Ernst Mayr was Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He was the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Crafoord Prize for Biology, the National Medal of Science, the Balzan Prize, and the Japan Prize.

Book Details

  • 992 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press

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