- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; Abridged edition (August 5, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691029059
- ISBN-13: 978-0691029054
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the most comprehensive treatment of human genetic variations available.... It will likely play an important role in future research in anthropological genetics.... An impressive display of synthesis and analysis.
"This is the most comprehensive treatment of human genetic variations available.... It will likely play an important role in future research in anthropological genetics.... An impressive display of synthesis and analysis."--Science
"This is the most comprehensive treatment of human genetic variations available. . . . An impressive display of synthesis and analysis."--Science
"This long-awaited magnum opus is a major contribution to our knowledge of human genetic variation and its distribution on a global scale."--American Scientist
"A landmark in biology. There is nothing of its kind. . . . It represents an essential historical source for all human biologists, guaranteeing its importance in evolutionary biology."--American Journal of Human Genetics
"A magisterial survey of what is known about the distribution of human genes. . . . This book is a milestone in the pursuit of human evolutionary history."--New Scientist
"A landmark in the study of human evolution."--Trends in Genetics
"A crowning achievement, a compendium of a career's work, and a sourcebook for years to come. . . . a landmark publication, a standard by which work in this field must be judged in the future."--American Journal of Human Biology
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This is a very interesting review by Time magazine. Notice that Time says The Bell Curve shows that race differences are more than skin deep. In reality, The Bell Curve doesn't say this at all! In fact, The Bell Curve shows that races overlap considerably. The Bell Curve is merely a statistical study of differences in behavior between races concerning; graduation rates, illegitimacy, average age, poverty rate, and IQ scores which all overlap between races.
Not only that but the book The History and Geography of Human Genes discusses literally no topics discussed in The Bell Curve. They are about completely different topics.
This whole Time review reads to me, as a illogical attempt to discredit a breakthrough book- The Bell Curve. I wonder why somebody would do this?
I highly recommend both The Bell Curve and The History and Geography of Human Genes- both are landmark books in completely different fields. Also I would recommend the book The 10,000 Year Explosion for a more up to date view of recent human evolution.
While the heft even of the abridged version is imposing, the component parts are manageable for those who already have basic statistical knowledge or who are willing to pay attention to the author's explanations. The world's populations are addressed in geographic chunks, and then at various appropriate points, more general conclusions drawn from the pieces.
Given the advances in genetic research acheived since publication, the model may ultimately prove more valuable than the particular contents...but for this decade the contents are fascinating.
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