The Causes of Evolution (Princeton Science Library) Reprint Edition

1 customer review
ISBN-13: 978-0691024424
ISBN-10: 0691024421
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.22
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used
$17.89
Buy new
$28.45
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$39.54
Paperback, October 10, 1990
"Please retry"
$28.45
$19.85 $13.90
More Buying Choices
25 New from $19.85 19 Used from $13.90
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


InterDesign Brand Store Awareness Textbooks
$28.45 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Causes of Evolution (Princeton Science Library) + The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection + Genetics and the Origin of Species (The Columbia Classics in Evolution)
Price for all three: $87.86

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"Haldane's work is even better than most modern popularizations in its balance between gentle rhetoric and logical rigor. . . . In addition, working through the arguments in Haldane's Appendices is still likely to produce new ideas in students of the latest topics in sociobiology and evolutionary genetics."--Henry S. Horn, Princeton University

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Science Library
  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (September 20, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691024421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691024424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964) was a British-born geneticist and evolutionary biologist, and one of the founders of population genetics.

Perhaps immodestly, he states that "I can write of natural selection with authority because I am one of the three people who know most about its mathematical theory."

He opines that "We have seen that natural selection is a reality, that the facts of variation, though different from what Darwin believed them to be, are yet such as to yield a raw material on which natural selection can work. We have also seen that variation directly induced by the environment is not in itself competent to explain the known facts of evolution. But we know very little about what is actually selected, any attempt to give a complete account of natural selection at work must be decidedly speculative." Nevertheless, "in spite of the above criticisms, natural selection is an important cause of evolution."

In addition to natural selection, Haldane suggests that "It is at least quite certain that Mendelian gene differences, presumably due to mutation, have played a certain part in the origin of species," and that "There is no reason to think that bacterial mutation is a phenomenon essentially different from mutation in higher organisms, and it is not even clear that it is commoner."

Haldane even addresses some theological notions, admitting that he "sometimes" reads Catholic apologists, "because their arguments are at least coherent." He writes, "Blake expressed some doubt as to whether God had made the tiger. But the tiger is in many ways an admirable animal. We have now to ask whether God made the tape-worm.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Causes of Evolution (Princeton Science Library)
This item: The Causes of Evolution (Princeton Science Library)
Price: $28.45
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com