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The Growth of Biological Thought

Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance

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$44.00 • £35.95 • €39.50

ISBN 9780674364462

Publication Date: 01/22/1985

Academic Trade

992 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press

World

Professor Mayr has written a monumental history of biological ideas… [It is] a marvelous course in evolution, taught historically. For a reader who is willing to make the effort, this book provides one of the best and most nearly complete discussions of these ideas to be found anywhere. It is an example of those rare books in popular science which can teach scientists as well as laymen… [This book] is full of insights and historical revelations. Nothing quite like The Growth of Biological Thought has been attempted before. It is a book that could have been written only by a scientist in complete command of his subject.—Jeremy Bernstein, The New Yorker

Mayr concentrates on scientific problems and concepts, placing them in the intellectual milieu of each historical period… Tightly drawn, highly opinionated presentations are invaluable in science, and Mr. Mayr’s [book] is certainly provocative.—James L. Gould, The New York Times Book Review

The Growth of Biological Thought will be a richly rewarding experience… Mayr’s vivid manner, his clear analytical distinctions, his candor in meeting controversial issues head on, make his discussions as stimulating as they are valuable.—Frederic L. Holmes, The Washington Post Book World

This solid book…is essential reading for everyone at all interested in evolution, in biology or its history, or in science in general.—A.J. Cain, Nature

This is an extraordinary, epic work in which Mayr once again shows himself a master of detail, interpretation, and synthesis.—Douglas J. Futuyma, Science

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, The Times Higher Education Supplement

Awards & Accolades

  • Finalist, 1983 National Book Award, Science Hardcover Category, National Book Foundation
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