Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

Limits to Knowledge in Evolutionary Genetics

Editors: Clegg, Michael T., Hecht, Max K., MacIntyre, Ross J. (Eds.)

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After volume 33, this book series was replaced by the journal "Evolutionary Biology." Please visit www.springer.com/11692 for further information.

 

The nature of science is to work on the boundaries between the known and the unknown. These boundaries shift as new methods are developed and as new concepts are elaborated (e.g., the theory of the gene, or more recently, the coalescence framework in population genetics). These tools allow us to address questions that were previously outside the realm of science, and, as a consequence, the boundary between the knowable and unknowable has shifted. A study of limits should reveal and clarify the boundaries and make sharper the set of questions. This book examines and analyzes these new limits as they are applied to evolutionary biology and population genetics. It does this by framing the analysis within four major classes of problems - establishing the fact of evolution; understanding the evolutionary pathways that led to today's biological world; mechanisms of evolutionary change (e.g., models of social behavior, sexual selection, macro evolution); and, finally, prediction.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Limits to Our Knowledge of Evolution

    Ruse, Michael

    Pages 3-33

  • Limits to Knowledge in Population Genetics

    Clegg, Michael T.

    Pages 35-51

  • Laws, History, and the Nature of Biological Understanding

    Rosenberg, Alex

    Pages 57-72

  • Avoiding Paradigm-Based Limits to Knowledge of Evolution

    Watt, Ward B.

    Pages 73-96

  • Anticipating Scientific Revolutions in Evolutionary Genetics

    Hey, Jody

    Pages 97-111

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolutionary Biology
Book Subtitle
Limits to Knowledge in Evolutionary Genetics
Editors
  • Michael T. Clegg
  • Max K. Hecht
  • Ross J. MacIntyre
Series Title
Evolutionary Biology
Series Volume
32
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-4135-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-4135-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46227-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-6854-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 258
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