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by John Maynard Smith

Category: Biological Sciences
Subcategory: Science books
Author: John Maynard Smith
ISBN: 0140204334
ISBN13: 978-0140204339
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books (February 28, 1976)
Pages: 344
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The Theory of Evolution is a book by English evolutionary biologist and geneticist John Maynard Smith, originally published in 1958 in time for 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the centenary of the publication of The Origin of Sp. .

The Theory of Evolution is a book by English evolutionary biologist and geneticist John Maynard Smith, originally published in 1958 in time for 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the centenary of the publication of The Origin of Species the following year.

In this book John Maynard Smith describes how their theory has been confirmed, but at the same time transformed .

A hundred years ago Darwin and Wallace in their theory of natural selection, or the survival of the fittest, explained how evolution could have happened, in terms of processes known to take place today. Ver uma prévia deste livro . O que estão dizendo - Escrever uma resenha.

Evolution and the Theory of Games. Few people in the world are better qualified than John Maynard Smith to explain evolution to us, and no subject more than evolution deserves such a talented teacher

Evolution and the Theory of Games. Few people in the world are better qualified than John Maynard Smith to explain evolution to us, and no subject more than evolution deserves such a talented teacher. Like Darwin himself, Maynard Smith knows that his story if intrinsically interesting and important enough to need no more than clear, patient, honest exposition.

John Maynard Smith Popular science Evolutionary theory Science .

John Maynard Smith Popular science Evolutionary theory Science communication Neo-Darwinism. The constantly changing relationship between professional and popular science increasingly receives a lot of scholarly attention. Maynard Smith was one of Britain’s most eminent evolutionary biologists and winner of, inter alia, the Crafoord Prize (biology’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize).

With this book, John Maynard Smith initiated a major strand of modern theoretical biology! The book does not require sophisticated mathematical preparation, but it operates on a consistently high level of analytical rigor. It is also very nicely written, with lots of biological examples.

The late British biologist John Maynard Smith (1920-2004) is famous for applying game theory to the study of.

The late British biologist John Maynard Smith (1920-2004) is famous for applying game theory to the study of natural selection. In 1973 Maynard Smith formalised a central concept in game theory called the evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS). His ideas, presented in books such as 'Evolution and the Theory of Games', were enormously influential and led to a more rigorous scientific analysis and understanding of interactions between living things. TRANSCRIPT: I didn't have to read much game theory.

The Theory of Evolution book. He also explains how evolution is continuously going on: an ever-changing environment leads to an ever-changing fit between individual and environment.

Published by Penguin Books under the A Pelican Original brand, the illustration was produced for the 1962 reprint. This cover is the version reprinted again in 1966. Era. select 1962-1965 Fletcher Forbes Gill.

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In this book John Maynard Smith describes how their theory has been confirmed, but at the same time .

Few people in the world are better qualified than John Maynard Smith to explain evolution to us, and no subject more than evolution deserves such a talented teacher.

All living plants and animals, including man, are the modified descendants of one or a few simple living things. A hundred years ago Darwin and Wallace in their theory of natural selection, or the survival of the fittest, explained how evolution could have happened, in terms of processes known to take place today. In this book John Maynard Smith describes how their theory has been confirmed, but at the same time transformed, by recent research, and in particular by the discovery of the laws of inheritance.
Comments to eBook The Theory of Evolution (Pelican)
Riavay
Outdated but magnificent.
Meztisho
The purpose of this book is to provide a basic overview of the theory of evolution for the layperson. If you have never studied the theory of evolution, or if you have a basic understanding of the basic theory of natural selection but are fuzzy on the details, Maynard Smith's book does a good job walking through the basics. The major pro of the book, in my opinion, is its breadth of coverage. Smith begins with a basic account of the idea of adaptation and the theory of natural selection. Smith then discusses a wide range of topics within evolutionary biology: the molecular genetics of heredity, the role of DNA, the origins of life, the control of gene action in the production of proteins, the evolution of altruism and social behavior, and the process of speciation. Most of the major topics within evolutionary biology get a chapter devoted to them so the book serves as a good general introduction to the overall theory of evolution. It does not go in depth on any one topic but the reader will get a good general survey of the field.

There are, in my opinion, two cons of the book. One was already mentioned by a previous reviewer. The book is a bit old. For example, since this book was published there have been developments in complexity theory that have opened up new avenues in our attempt to understand the origins of life, and there have been developments in the field now known as EvoDevo that have increased our understanding of the control of gene action and its role in evolution. Readers looking for good books that cover some of those developments could look at At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity by Stuart Kauffman, and Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo by Sean Carroll. The second con is, the book can be a bit dull. It feels a little bit like reading a textbook. The information is good but it does not really make for exciting reading.

I think the field of evolutionary biology is actually a really exciting and interesting field. The field is exciting because we are learning so much at a relatively fast rate. There is also an inherent beauty to the theory of natural selection, and the way that life operates, and writers who are able to capture that beauty are able to inform while also exciting the imagination. Maynard Smith does not, in my opinion, quite succeed in making the theory of evolution as exciting as I think it is. Unfortunately, being a layperson in the field of biology, I am not aware of any other general introductions to the theory of evolution that, 1) manage to pack as much information in as Smith, and 2) make for exciting reading. If I find one I will update my review and recommend it in place of Smith's book. Until then, I would still recommend Smith's book for anyone who wants a broad introduction to the overall field of evolutionary biology. It serves that purpose quite well. Once the reader has that broad overview they can focus in on more specific topics. There are lots of exciting books on specific topics, like the two I referenced above.
Felhalar
The author has gone on to write much more impressive works.
This is a grouping of his essays, many of which are not easily followed because of the depth of his mathmatics.
Nonetheless some of the essays are worth a read to see some interesting theoretical evolutionary explanations."Game Theory and the Evolution of Fighting", and "Eugenic and Utopia" are particularly recommended. "The origin and maintence of Sex", is worth a read, but I doubt some of his theories and suspect there have been better essays written on the subject by now.
Mustard Forgotten
Although I do not always agree with his views, I quite like Maynard Smith, so I rushed to buy this book which at its price seemed a real gem. Well, just to caution the reader that while it is classic Maynard Smith, the book is now quite old (1975). One can say that Darwin's 1859 classic, or "Selfish Gene" (1976) is also old, but these books were a milestone at the time. This book had less impact as a classic, so if one just needs latest information in a fast moving topic, there are more up-to-date works around. Even Maynard Smith's own (1998) "The Origins of Life" would be better value. You have to use your own judgement about this one.
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