What Makes Biology Unique?

What Makes Biology Unique?

Considerations on the Autonomy of A Scientific Discipline

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One of the major figure in 20th-century biology, Mayr (emeritus, Harvard U.) presents what he says will his last survey of controversial concepts in the profession. The traditional approach of the philosophy of science does not work well for biology, he argues, because it assumes biology is an exact science, which it is not; an empirical approach is better than a logical approach. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Essays by Ernst Mayr, the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the twentieth century.
This collection of revised and new essays argues that biology is an autonomous science rather than a branch of the physical sciences. Ernst Mayr, widely considered the most eminent evolutionary biologist of the 20th century, offers insights on the history of evolutionary thought, critiques the conditions of philosophy to the science of biology, and comments on several of the major developments in evolutionary theory. Notably, Mayr explains that Darwin's theory of evolution is actually five separate theories, each with its own history, trajectory and impact. Ernst Mayr, commonly referred to as the "Darwin of the 20th century" and listed as one of the top 100 scientists of all-time, is Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. What Makes Biology Unique is the 25th book he has written during his long and prolific career. His recent books include This is Biology: The Science of the Living World (Belknap Press, 1997) and What Evolution Is (Basic Books, 2002).

Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780521841146
Characteristics: xiv, 232 p. ; 24 cm

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