Genesis: The Evolution of Biology

Paperback | August 20, 2003

byJan Sapp

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Genesis: The Evolution of Biology presents a history of the past two centuries of biology, suitable for use in courses, but of interest more broadly to evolutionary biologists, geneticists, and biomedical scientists, as well as general readers interested in the history of science. The bookcovers the early evolutionary biologists-Lamarck, Cuvier, Darwin and Wallace through Mayr and the neodarwinian synthesis, in much the same way as other histories of evolution have done, bringing in also the social implications, the struggles with our religious understanding, and the interweaving ofgenetics into evolutionary theory. What is novel about Sapp's account is a real integration of the cytological tradition, from Schwann, Boveri, and the other early cell biologists and embryologists, and the coverage of symbiosis, microbial evolutionary phylogenies, and the new understanding of thediversification of life coming from comparative analyses of complete microbial genomes. The book is a history of theories about evolution, genes and organisms from Lamarck and Darwin to the present day. This is the first book on the general history of evolutionary biology to include the history of research and theories about symbiosis in evolution, and first to include research onmicrobial evolution which were excluded from the classical neo-Darwinian synthesis. Bacterial evolution, and symbiosis in evolution are also excluded from virtually every book on the history of biology.

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Genesis: The Evolution of Biology presents a history of the past two centuries of biology, suitable for use in courses, but of interest more broadly to evolutionary biologists, geneticists, and biomedical scientists, as well as general readers interested in the history of science. The bookcovers the early evolutionary biologists-Lamarc...

Jan Sapp is at McGill University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 20, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsPrefacePart I1. Evolution and Revolution2. The Origin3. Darwin's Champions4. Darwinism and Socio-political Thought5. Mutualism6. Dissent from DarwinPart II7. The Myth of Cell Theory8. The Body Politic9. Evolving Embryology10. The EggPart III11. Mendel Redux12. Emerging Genetics13. Darwinian Renaissance14. Genes, Germs, and Enzymes15. Genetic HeresyPart IV16. Conceiving a Master Molecule17. Beyond the Genome18. Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny19. Symbiomics20. The Evolution of RelationshipsEpilogueNotes

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"Genesis is a masterwork and a milestone. Highly readable, broad and deep, it is by far the best introduction to the history of the theories of evolution ever written. Impeccable in its scholarship, Jan Sapp's book is fully original and provides information and viewpoints to be found nowhereelse in the literature. There is nothing like it. " --Camille Limoges, author of La Selection Naturelle, and co-editor of Historical Studies in History of Biology