Nature's Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D. Hamilton by Ullica SegerstraleNature's Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D. Hamilton by Ullica Segerstrale

Nature's Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D. Hamilton

byUllica Segerstrale

Paperback | May 4, 2015

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W.D.Hamilton (1936-2000) was responsible for a revolution in thinking about evolutionary biology - a revolution that changed our understanding of life itself. He played a central role in the realization that what matters in evolution is not the survival of the individual but of the survival of its genes. This provided the solution to the long standing problem of animal altruism that vexed even Darwin himself, and in due course resulted in terms likeselfish genes, kin selection, and sociobiology becoming familiar to a wider public. Hamilton went on to solve many more major problems, and open up ever new fields - he shaped much of our current understanding of central problems including the evolution of sexual reproduction and ageing. He becameworld famous and garnered international prizes. But this is all in hindsight. In fact, Hamilton's recognition came late - his career is a classic case of misunderstood genius. In this illuminating and moving biography Ullica Segerstrale documents Hamilton's extraordinary life and work, revealing a man of immense intellectual curiosity, anuncompromising truth-seeker, a naturalist and jungle explorer, a risk-taker, an unconventional scientist with a poet's soul and a deep concern for life on earth and mankind's future.
Ullica Segerstrale is Professor of Sociology at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences. She has published widely on the history and the sociology of science: her publications include Defenders of the truth: The battle for science in the sociobiology debate and beyond (Oxford, 2000), Be...
Title:Nature's Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D. HamiltonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:May 4, 2015Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198607288

ISBN - 13:9780198607281


Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. Growing up at Oaklea2. Finding Life's Pattern3. Schoolboy at Tonbridge4. Fisher Found and Lost5. The Struggle for Altruism6. Altruism through the Looking Glass7. Brazilian Break8. Sex and Death9. Challenges of Social Life10. The Price Effect11. Creativity in a Tight Spot12. Priority Matters13. When Leaving is Better than Staying14. Encounters with Sociobiology15. The Parasite Paradigm16. Cooperation without Kinship17. The Oxford Move18. Defending the Queen19. In Tune With Nature20. Truth at any Price21. Creative Strategies22. Through a Glass Darkly23. The Final Defiance24. The Edge of CreativityNotesGlossaryReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Bill Hamilton's remarkable story has now been told: a truly great naturalist, who thought his way to the very heart of evolution by natural selection, completing and expanding the insights of Darwin as he discovered the disorienting and enlightening perspective of the gene itself." --Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen