Narrow Roads of Gene Land: Volume 2: Evolution of Sex

Paperback | November 1, 2001

byW. D. Hamilton

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The second volume of the collected papers of W D Hamilton, each one introduced by an autobiographical essay. Hamilton is the most important theoretical biologist of the 20th century and his papers, not especially numerous, have had, and continue to exert, an enormous influence. Many wereoriginally published in obscure and inaccessible places. Volume 1 (OUP, still in print) was devoted mainly to selection for social behaviour, the first half of Hamilton's life's work; Volume 2 is on the other half, on sex and sexual selection, and it includes the 18 papers published between 1980and 1991. Each paper is accompanied by a specially written introduction describing why the work was done, how the paper came to be written, and its eventual fate. The introductions, written in an accessible, non-technical style, include history, opinion, and excerpts from Hamilton's life.

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The second volume of the collected papers of W D Hamilton, each one introduced by an autobiographical essay. Hamilton is the most important theoretical biologist of the 20th century and his papers, not especially numerous, have had, and continue to exert, an enormous influence. Many wereoriginally published in obscure and inaccessible ...

W. D. Hamilton is one of the most influential biologists of the 20th century and is widely regarded as the most important theoretical innovator in the evolutionary study of behaviour since Darwin. He is known throughout the world for his seminal work on social evolution (kin selection), sex ratio evolution and, more recently, for wor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:928 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.73 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Ghosts of the Museum2. Messing the Plotter3. Unequal Cousins4. Best and Worst Hotels5. 'Sex Itself'6. Bright Birds7. Man of the Sand-dune Tel8. At the World's Crossroads9. Bishop Wykeham on Evolution10. Land of the Rising Sun11. Being Rare and Successful12. The Hospitals are Coming13. Cited but Little Read14. Wind in the Baobabs15. Time Like a Dripping Tap16. The Three Queens17. Uccello/Othello18. Health and HorsemenAppendices:Our Paper Then and NowFurther Evidence

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`"Bill Hamilton was often light years ahead of his peers, waiting while other great scientific minds caught up with him. In Narrow Roads of Gene Land we have an atlas of genius that maps the meanderings, mental and physical, of this great and lonely man."'New Scientist