Evolution by Association: A History of Symbiosis by Jan Sapp

Evolution by Association: A History of Symbiosis

byJan Sapp

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In this comprehensive history of symbiosis theory--the first to be written--Jan Sapp masterfully traces its development from modest beginnings in the late nineteenth century to its current status as one of the key conceptual frameworks for the life sciences. The symbiotic perspective onevolution, which argues that "higher species" have evolved from a merger of two or more different kinds of organisms living together, is now clearly established with definitive molecular evidence demonstrating that mitochondria and chloroplasts have evolved from symbiotic bacteria. In telling theexciting story of an evolutionary biology tradition that has effectively challenged many key tenets of classical neo-Darwinism, Sapp sheds light on the phenomena, movements, doctrines, and controversies that have shaped attitudes about the scope and significance of symbiosis. Engaging andinsightful, Evolution by Association will be avidly read by students and researchers across the life sciences.

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Jan Sapp is a professor of Science Studies at York University, Canada. He is author of Beyond the Gene: Cytoplasmic Inheritance and the Struggle for Authority and Where the Truth Lies: Franz Moewus and the Origins of Molecular Biology.
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Title:Evolution by Association: A History of SymbiosisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Symbiosis: Evolution in Action2. The Messages of Mutualism3. Socially Constructing the Individual4. The Mystical Foundations of Symbiogenesis in Russia5. Gaia and WWI British Genesis Stories6. Germ Theory and Les Symbiotes in France7. The Pasteurization of Les Symbiotes8. Les Symbiotes Revisited9. Illusory Anthropomorphism and Verbal Phantoms10. Organismic Boundaries and Disciplinary Demarcation11. Molecular Reconstruction12. The Dull Edge of Ockham's Razor13. Is Nature Really Motherly?Concluding Remarks

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In this comprehensive history of symbiosis theory - the first to be written - Jan Sapp masterfully traces its development from modest beginnings in the late nineteenth century to its current status as one of the key conceptual frameworks for the life sciences. The symbiotic perspective on evolution, which argues that 'higher species' have evolved from a merger of two or more different kinds of organisms living together, is now clearly established with definitive molecular evident demonstrating that mitochondria and chloroplasts have evolved from symbiotic bacteria. In telling the exciting story of an evolutionary biology tradition that has effectively challenged many key tents of classical neo-Darwinism, Sapp sheds light on the phenomena, movements, doctrines, and controversies that have shaped attitudes about the scope and significance of symbiosis.

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"This book. . .skillfully weaves history, politics, egos, indisputable facts, and vigorously disputed interpretations of those facts into a cohesive story. . .It will convince readers of the need for goos libraries, good reviews of the old literature, and a good sense of history no matter howfresh the ideas." --Choice