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Orthogenesis versus Darwinism

Authors: Popov, Igor

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  • Broadens the understanding of non-Darwinian scientific concepts
  • Clarifies the differences between various orthogenetic concepts by analysing their history and relationships
  • Maximizes reader insights into the main points of scientific criticism of the natural selection theory
  • Opens new vistas for the elaboration of alternative evolutionary concepts
  • Takes into account publications in five languages (English, Russian, French, Spanish, German)
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This book reviews the convoluted history of orthogenesis with an emphasis of non-English sources, untangles relationships between various concepts of directed evolution and argues whether orthogenesis has something to offer modern biology. 

Darwinism claims that evolution occurs by selection from an extensive random variability. An alternative viewpoint—that the material for variability is limited and organisms are predisposed to vary in certain directions—is the essence of evolutionary concepts that can be grouped together under the name of orthogenesis. Dating back to Lamarck, orthogenesis has existed in many guises. Branded as mystical and discarded as unscientific, it keeps re-emerging in evolutionary discussions.


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“The volume focuses on and evaluates orthogenesis as a framework for understanding biological phenomena including aging, extinction, and convergent evolution. Each chapter is well referenced, and the entire volume is engagingly translated from the original Russian. … The book will be of interest for historians of science, and thought provoking, … for biological researchers. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and professionals.” (D. P. Genereux, Choice, Vol. 56 (11), July, 2019)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-4

    Popov, Igor

  • The Sources. Formation of the Concept of Directed Evolution in the Nineteenth Century

    Pages 7-30

    Popov, Igor

  • Evolutionary Biology at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. New Concepts of Directed Evolution in the 1900–1930s

    Pages 31-51

    Popov, Igor

  • Declarations in Favour of Orthogenesis in the 1900–1930s

    Pages 53-72

    Popov, Igor

  • Orthogenesis and the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis

    Pages 73-84

    Popov, Igor

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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-95144-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95143-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-06983-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Orthogenesis versus Darwinism
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95144-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95144-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95143-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06983-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 209
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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