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The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations: A Theory of Transformative Change in Living Systems (Oxford Biology) Paperback – September 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0199692606 ISBN-10: 0199692602

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Biology
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199692602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199692606
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will surely be influential with the next generation of evolutionary biologists, who will be able to digest and then apply the significance of a network-centric view of adaptation. Such a perspective will be essential for interpreting the increasing number of empirical studies that recapitulate evolutionary innovations in laboratory experiments. But even those molecular and evolutionary biologists who do not actively work on problems of innovation will benefit from the clarity of Wagner's theoretical arguments, and the inspiring wealth of empirical examples that demonstrate a new way to think of the dynamics of adaptation. Bioessays

About the Author

Andreas Wagner is professor in the department of biochemistry at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute for the study of Complex Systems. His main research interest is the evolution of biological systems, from genes to complex biological networks with thousands of components. He received his Ph.D in 1995 at Yale University, and has since held research fellowships at several institutions, such as the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin, Germany, and the Institut des Hautes Etudes in Bures-sur-Yvette, France. Author of more than 100 scientific publications and two books, he has lectured widely worldwide. He is a member of the Faculty of 1000 Biology, as well as of the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Bioessays, BMC Evolutionary biology, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, and Molecular and Developmental Evolution.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By truckle on April 10, 2013
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This book is one of the best books I have ever read. The stile is at the same time very straightforward and very easily to understand. Main thoughts are repeatedly given in different words. All arguments are clearly developed. The book is logically partitioned in obviously different topics which all lead to a much deeper understanding of evolutionary processes. The author is obviously an eminent evolutionary biologist, which has developed or initiated an enormous amount of the presented research by himself. I highly recommended this book for all biologists and other scientists concerned with evolution (including students).
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