This is the definitive edition of R.A. Fisher's classic work--probably the best known book in evolutionary biology after Darwin's Origin of Species. The book was the first attempt to assess and explain Darwin's evolutionary theories in terms of genetic evolution. Based on the ori ginal 1930 edition, the book incorporates the many changes Fisher made for the second editionThis is the definitive edition of R.A. Fisher's classic work--probably the best known book in evolutionary biology after Darwin's Origin of Species. The book was the first attempt to assess and explain Darwin's evolutionary theories in terms of genetic evolution. Based on the ori ginal 1930 edition, the book incorporates the many changes Fisher made for the second edition as well as unpublished material taken from Fis her's own copy....
|Title||:||The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection: A Complete Variorum Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||360 Pages|
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The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection: A Complete Variorum Edition Reviews
This is widely considered to be one of the most important books on evolutionary biology ever written. Those interested in reading it would do well to start by looking at modern professional perspectives provided by Jim Crow here, AWF Edwards here, and Alan Grafen here.Yet be warned - Fisher's style is difficult – whereas a modern writer would spend several pages explaining an idea giving context and possibly looking at that idea from several different angles, and considering its wider implications, Fisher condenses the same material into one terse sentence; sometimes less. The result is an arrogant challenge to the reader – “I understand this, now you decipher it”.Fortunately commentary by more modern biologists can be used to develop a background understanding which can be used as a key to unlock the hidden meaning. But it does require work. The final 5 chapters on eugenics are literarily more readable but were highly speculative when written and are likely to offend modern sensibilities.This then is a book of extremes and difficult to give a rating. The historical importance and prescient biological content demand a five star rating; the writing style and nonsensical/speculative eugenic content require one.
a fascinating and thought-provoking book though I had trouble following some of the math midway through-- I'm woefully out of date with differentiation and integration, so those parts were a slog. the more evolutionary psychology focused sections are less objectionable to modern-day sensibilities than one might expect, though the eugenics focused sections, to anyone unfamiliar with the new renaissance in this type of work, might come across as alarmist. The 10000 year explosion by Cochran and Harpending definitely lean heavily on this book, as they acknowledge, but it still amazes me to see how much unexplored but probably fruitful speculation this book contains. more than enough for a couple of grad students to start careers from, honestly...
The first half of this book gives the mathematics behind the integration of Mendelian Genetics and Darwinian selection theory. Fisher shows that neither make sense without the other, contrary to the opinions of the times which held that Mendel largely superseded Darwin. This is arguably the second most important work on evolutionary biology ever published. The second half of the book explains and predicts the contemporary Idiocracy. Skip the math, if you must, read this section and have your mind blown.
The book that put together quantitative and mendelians