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Population Genetics [Hardcover]

Matthew Hamilton
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April 6, 2009 1405132779 978-1405132770 1
This book aims to make population genetics approachable, logical and easily understood. To achieve these goals, the book’s design emphasizes well explained introductions to key principles and predictions. These are augmented with case studies as well as illustrations along with introductions to classical hypotheses and debates. 

Pedagogical features in the text include:

  • Interact boxes that guide readers step-by-step through computer simulations using public domain software.
  • Math boxes that fully explain mathematical derivations.
  • Methods boxes that give insight into the use of actual genetic data.
  • Numerous Problem boxes are integrated into the text to reinforce concepts as they are encountered.
  • Dedicated website at www.wiley.com/go/hamiltongenetics

This text also offers a highly accessible introduction to coalescent theory, the major conceptual advance in population genetics of the last two decades.

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Editorial Reviews


“To achieve these goals, the book design emphasizes a well explained introductions to key principles and predictions. These are augmented with case studies as well as illustrations along with introductions to classical hypotheses and debates.”  (Zentralblatt MATH, 2012)

“The most catching aspect of Hamilton’s book is its extremely well thought-out structure and pedagogical concept. All sections are well motivated in the respective introduction and all chapters have reviews at the end. A large number of problems have been interspersed throughout the text for students to work on, and the solutions are provided at the end of each chapter. A very interesting and novel feature is the use of so-called ‘interact boxes’, which are essentially links to interactive learning and simulation software available on the internet.” (Human Genetics, December 2009)

"Hamilton's volume would be the best choice for someone seeking a thorough grounding in the subject." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, April 2010)

"Both population biologists and upper-level biology students will appreciate the relatively clear explanations of exceptionally difficult material." (CHOICE, November 2009)

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The key to understanding population genetics is gaining familiarity with a set of traditional conceptual approaches along with classical hypotheses and debates. Armed with this background, many empirical studies will be readily understood because the basic hypotheses they address are understood from first principles. To achieve this goal, this book is designed to contain mostly conceptual material that is augmented with case studies as illustrations. Several outstanding pedagogical features including methods boxes and exercises to assist students in conducting simulations using public domain software will be integrated into the text.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405132779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405132770
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars understandable population genetics October 14, 2009
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Thanks so much for this book! I have been studying population genetics for about 2 years now and was still confused on some of the concepts. Thanks to Dr. Hamilton's book "Population Genetics", I have finally been able to make sense of some complex topics. The book completes examples, puts in the little details often overlooked in other text books, and explains how to interpret genetics data using free simulation software.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is the most comprehensive book about population genetics I've already read. It provides an overview of basic theories and concepts on population genetics. One positive point is the in-text explanatory boxes that give additional explanations about the subject been studied.
Despite the good content, the digital version contains some errors. Sometimes it is impossible to read special formatted characters, such as some in-text equations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars reading a science text book for fun December 21, 2013
By Tom L
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This is a 375 page text book written in 2009 about population genetics. I read it for interest, not as part of a college course. The author has made a terrific effort to summarize the latest understanding of this field. He structures each chapter logically. He defines all of his terms and he uses side boxes to augment the text. Several sections have runs of clarity in prose, while in other sections the author relies more on the language of math to convey the concepts. For me the math was not too complex but if you need help he offers lessons in the appendix. He also gives many math exercises which I did not do, as I was reading only for concepts. I am not sure if the added effort to do the math homework assignments would have helped the reader/student to understand much more. I feel that if you were to dwell too closely on the math you might lose the whole picture.
I read the book because I had several questions that needed deeper answers. For the most part I got those answers. As I read some chapters, I sometimes got bogged down and the reading got tough. The topic of coalescence theory was new to me and I now have several questions about what it means that were not answered in this text.
I love science, theory, and thinking. So I liked this book. I feel like we are in the middle of a field that is waiting for more answers and more clarity. Sometimes I suspect that the math is wrong. I expect this field of study like applied genetics to grow. I believe we are midway to a classic field with a classic textbook. The exchange of teacher and students will help.
I have studied other fields of science and here is what really makes a great author: You must ask in each chapter, “Why is this interesting?
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