The Resource Randomness in evolution, John Tyler Bonner

Randomness in evolution, John Tyler Bonner

Label
Randomness in evolution
Title
Randomness in evolution
Statement of responsibility
John Tyler Bonner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"John Tyler Bonner, one of our most distinguished and insightful biologists, here challenges a central tenet of evolutionary biology. In this concise, elegantly written book, he makes the bold and provocative claim that some biological diversity may be explained by something other than natural selection. With his customary wit and accessible style, Bonner makes an argument for the underappreciated role that randomness--or chance--plays in evolution. Due to the tremendous and enduring influence of Darwin's natural selection, the importance of randomness has been to some extent overshadowed. Bonner shows how the effects of randomness differ for organisms of different sizes, and how the smaller an organism is, the more likely it is that morphological differences will be random and selection may not be involved to any degree. He traces the increase in size and complexity of organisms over geological time, and looks at the varying significance of randomness at different size levels, from microorganisms to large mammals. Bonner also discusses how sexual cycles vary depending on size and complexity, and how the trend away from randomness in higher forms has even been reversed in some social organisms. Certain to provoke lively discussion, Randomness in Evolution is a book that may fundamentally change our understanding of evolution and the history of life"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
576.5/4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH401
LC item number
.B66 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Randomness in evolution, John Tyler Bonner
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [125]-129) and index
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Life and the riddle of randomness -- Time, size and complexity -- Small organisms and neutral morphologies -- The evolution of the decrease of randomness -- An exception : where small organisms suppress randomness -- the division of labor : two cases of the return of randomness in higher forms -- Envoi
Control code
ocn820123484
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xi, 133 pages
Isbn
9780691157016
Lccn
2012032006
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
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System control number
  • (OCoLC)820123484
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      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
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