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The Growth of Biological Thought

Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance

Ernst Mayr


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No one in this century can speak with greater authority on the progress of ideas in biology than Ernst Mayr. And no book has ever established the life sciences so firmly in the mainstream of Western intellectual history as The Growth of Biological Thought. Ten years in preparation, this is a work of epic proportions, tracing the development of the major problems of biology from the earliest attempts to find order in the diversity of life to modern research into the mechanisms of gene transmission.

Belknap Press, 9780674364462, 974pp.

Publication Date: January 22, 1985