Form and Transformation: Generative and Relational Principles in Biology by Gerry WebsterForm and Transformation: Generative and Relational Principles in Biology by Gerry Webster

Form and Transformation: Generative and Relational Principles in Biology

byGerry Webster, Brian Goodwin

Paperback | April 28, 2011

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Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection focuses on inheritance and survival without attempting to explain the forms organisms take. The first part of Form and Transformation looks critically at the conceptual structure of Darwinism and describes the limitations of the theory of evolution. The authors argue that a theory of biological form is needed to understand the structure of organisms and their transformations. The second part of the book explores such a theory by portraying organisms as developing and dynamic systems, within which gene action is understandable. The authors present a number of specific examples, including tetrapod limb formation and Drosophila development, to illustrate how these dynamic organisms produce generic forms.
Title:Form and Transformation: Generative and Relational Principles in BiologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:April 28, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521207436

ISBN - 13:9780521207430

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Problem of Form: 1. Introduction: forms and kinds; 2. The old dialectic: empirical classification and Darwinian theory; 3. The ontological status of Taxa: material practice; 4. The ontological status of Taxa: theoretical practice; 5. Rational systematics and morphogenetic theory: a new dialectic?; 6. Putting the organism together again; Part II. Fields and Forms: 7. Segments, symmetries, and epigenetic maps; 8. The unitary morphogenetic field; 9. A generative biology; References; Index.

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"This book makes an important contribution to the paradigm shift." Molecular Reproduction and Development