Neutral Models in Biology

Hardcover | October 1, 1994

EditorMatthew H. Nitecki, Antoni Hoffman

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Neutral models are constructed to help scientists understand complex patterns of form, structure, or behavior that may not be observed directly. In this unique volume, eight distinguished scientists present a comprehensive study of the use of neutral models in testing biological theories.They describe the principles of model testing and explore how they are applied to research in molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and paleontology. In addition to the editors, the contributors include Stephen Stigler, David Raup, Paul Harvey, L.B. Slobodkin, Stuart Kauffman, WilliamWimsatt, and James Crow.

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Neutral models are constructed to help scientists understand complex patterns of form, structure, or behavior that may not be observed directly. In this unique volume, eight distinguished scientists present a comprehensive study of the use of neutral models in testing biological theories.They describe the principles of model testing a...

Matthew H. Nitecki is at Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Antoni Hoffman is at Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.57 × 6.3 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Matthew H. Nitecki and Antoni Hoffman: Introduction: Neutral Models as a Biological StrategyPART I: Molecular and Genetic Models1. James F. Crow, University of Wisconsin: Neutral Models in Molecular Evolution2. William C. Wimsatt, University of Chicago: False Models as Means to Truer Theories3. Stuart A. Kauffman, University of Pennsylvania: Self Organization, Selective Adaptation, and Its Limits: A New Pattern of Inference in Evolution and DevelopmentPART II: Ecological Models4. L.B. Slobodkin, State University of New York at Stony Brook: How to be Objective in Community Studies5. Paul H. Harvey, University of Oxford: On the Use of Null Hypotheses in BiogeographyPART III: Paleontological Models6. David M. Raup, University of Chicago: Neutral Models in Paleobiology7. Antoni Hoffman, Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences: Neutral Model of Taxonomic Diversification in the Phanerozoic: A Methodological Discussion8. Stephen M. Stigler, University of Chicago: Testing Hypotheses or Fitting Models: Another Look at Mass Extinctions

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"The book does contain a great diversity of expertise and viewpoints, from population geneticist to philosopher to ecologist, paleontologist and statistician, and from adherents to the benefits of neutral models to committed sceptics. . . .an important book." --Cladistics