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Principles of Population Genetics, Fourth Edition 4th Edition
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I like that Hartle & Clarke show a lot of the equation manipulations rather than just showing the end result, but as others have noted, there are some errors.
The treatments of most topics are excellent, but I found Chapter 5, Selection, to be particularly troublesome. I actually had to switch texts for this section because of errors and an incomplete development of the principles. For example, students are left in the dark about the underlying models of s (selection coefficient) and w (fitness coefficient), where sometimes s ranges from 0 to 1 and other times it ranges from -1 to 1 . Both are utilized, but it is never explained, making for a confusing experience.
Beyond that, the order in which the chapters are presented could be improved upon (1,2,3,4,6,5,8,7,9,10). Inbreeding, Pop Subdivision, and Migration should come directly after the chapter on Mutation and Neutral Theory. This way, Selection is not breaking up similar topics. Selection should be followed by the Quantitative Traits chapter, which is about selection.
I'm hoping that the 5th edition will be released soon and address the issues raised here and by others.
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It's a great book and way better than the previous edition! Population Genetics' concepts and techniques are improving every year and this book is up to date with that. Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Shuman
Well organized and easy to follow
For people who start studying population genetics, don't hesitate to select this book. It's awesome.