- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2nd edition (July 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801880092
- ISBN-13: 978-0801880094
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Population Genetics: A Concise Guide 2nd Edition
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"A well-developed, thoughtful, and classic book that has been tested and improved through many years in the classroom... A 'must' for anyone interested in plant or animal genetics."
"John Gillespie has done the near-impossible, condensing the essence of population genetics into a very short book. The result is a little gem. The derivations are simple and clear, and often strikingly original. The minor gaps in the first edition are filled by this equally concise second edition. Population genetics is a complicated subject; only a person of Gillespie's depth of knowledge and insight could simplify without distorting." -- James F. Crow, author of Genetics Notes--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Mike Lynch at Indiana University added, "Nothing in evolution makes sense except in the light of population genetics." (PNAS)
If such is the case, Gillespie's book is an essential guide and workbook through the foundation of biology in terms of mathematics and probability.
1.) The book flows. It begins with the basics of Hardy-Weinberg, and makes the mathematics of population genetics easy by building on the basics slowly through the book's chapters. Important mathematical background is addressed in the appendices.
2.) Each chapter has questions at the end to help crystallize the material.
3.) Examples from the scientific literature are used judiciously.
4.) Lucid explanation of genetic drift, the coalescent, and neutral theory are all provided.
I have nothing but the highest praise for this classic.
The present book is in principle destined to students and the author is supposed to make an effort to render accessible his teaching. In this course, some parts are really very classical and easy to understand - actually, it was what I taught to my own students of "DEUG and "Maîtrise" level. Of course, it was not that which I looked for in this book. For instance I was interested by the concept of "coalescence" which is too recent for I am aware of it during my time of activity. And indeed, it is quite well explained by Gillespie. Frankly speakig, when it comes to the field of which the author is a leading specialist (and which is more familiar to me), things become of more difficult access. But I must confess that I have probably been less hungry of these subjects.
This book will relly bring the students who use it to a high level and they will prepared to access to the most advanced developments of population genetics - provided that they make the necessary effort!
Henri A Descimon
Université de Provence