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Author Gould, Stephen Jay, author.

Title The structure of evolutionary theory / Stephen Jay Gould
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002


Description 1 online resource (xxii, 1433 pages) : illustrations
Contents Defining and revising the structure of evolutionary theory -- PART I: THE HISTORY OF DARWINIAN LOGIC AND DEBATE: The essence of Darwinism and the basis of modern orthodoxy: an exegesis of the Origin of Species -- Seeds of hierarchy -- Internalism and laws of form: pre-Darwinian alternatives to functionalism -- The fruitful facets of Galton's polyhedron; channels and saltations in post-Darwinian formalism -- Pattern and progress on the geological stage -- The modern synthesis as a limited consensus -- PART II: TOWARDS A REVISED AND EXPANDED EVOLUTIONARY THEORY: Species as individuals in the hierarchical theory of selection -- Punctuated equilibrium and the validation of macroevolutionary theory -- The integration of constraint and adaptation (structure and function) in ontogeny and phylogeny: historical constraints and the evolution of development -- The integration of constraint and adaptation (structure and function) in ontogeny and phylogeny: structural constraints, spandrels, and the centrality of exaptation in macroevolution -- Tiers of time and trials of extrapolationism, with an epilog on the interaction of general theory and contingent theory
Summary "With attention to detail, Stephen Jay Gould first describes the content and discusses the history and origins of the three core commitments of classical Darwinism: that natural selection works on organisms, not genes or species; that it is almost exclusively the mechanism of adaptive evolutionary change; and that these changes are incremental, not drastic. Next, he examines the three critiques that currently challenge this classic Darwinian edifice: that selection operates on multiple levels, from the gene to the group; that evolution proceeds by a variety of mechanisms, not just natural selection; and that causes operating at broader scales, including catastrophes, have figured prominently in the course of evolution. Then, in a stunning tour de force that will likely stimulate discussion and debate for decades, Gould proposes his own system for integrating these classical commitments and contemporary critiques into a new structure of evolutionary thought." "In 2001 the Library of Congress named Stephen Jay Gould one of America's eighty-three Living Legends - people who embody the "quintessentially American ideal of individual creativity, conviction, dedication, and exuberance." Each of these qualities finds full expression in this peerless work, the likes of which the scientific world has not seen - and may not see again - for well over a century."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 1344-1387) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Evolution (Biology)
Punctuated equilibrium (Evolution)
Adaptation (Biology)
Natural selection.
Biological Evolution
Adaptation, Biological
Selection, Genetic
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Evolution.
Evolution (Biology)
Punctuated equilibrium (Evolution)
Onderbroken evenwicht.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674417922