The comprehensive and authoritative source on the development and impact on one of the most controversial of scientific theories.
Wichtigste wissenschaftliche Theorie der Moderne. Darwins Evolutionstheorie revolutionierte nicht nur die Biologie, sondern beeinflusst bis heute alle Wissensbereiche und wird nach wie vor kontrovers diskutiert. Das Handbuch bietet erstmals einen umfassenden Überblick über den gegenwärtigen Stand der Debatten. Es schildert ausführlich die Geschichte der Evolutionstheorie und geht auf ihre wissenschaftlichen Praktiken, Repräsentationsweisen und zentralen Begriffe ein. Zudem dokumentiert es ihre Rezeption in den Wissenschaften und ihren Einfluss auf Gesellschaft und Kunst.
Ever since Darwin, scholars have noted that cultural entities such as languages, laws and theories seem to evolve through variation, selection and replication. These essays consider whether this comparison is just a metaphor.
Wie entstand das Leben? – Stammt der Mensch vom Affen ab? – Warum sterben Arten aus? – Was ist Darwinismus? – Warum gibt es Männer? – Was sagen die großen christlichen Kirchen zur Evolution? – Sind die Gene unser Schicksal? – Diese und viele andere Fragen beantwortet Thomas Junker knapp, kenntnisreich und leicht verständlich. Insgesamt bieten die 101 Fragen und Antworten, die nach Themenbereichen wie «Die Entdeckung der Evolution», «Was Darwin noch nicht wusste» oder «Die Evolution der Menschen» gegliedert sind, eine ebenso umfassende wie kurzweilige Einführung in die Evolution und ihre Erforschung.
Moderne Managementkonzepte konzentrieren sich nicht nur auf interne Starken von Unternehmen, sondern schliessen die Gestaltung zwischenbetrieblicher Beziehungen als entscheidenden Erfolgsfaktor ein. Immer mehr Unternehmen organisieren sich daher in strategischen Netzwerken. Jorg Sydow untersucht die Evolution strategischer Netzwerke und prasentiert Beispiele fur diese neue Organisationsform. Insbesondere der Transaktionskostenansatz wird hierzu kritisch analysiert. Der Autor entwickelt die Konzeption eines kollektiven strategischen Managements und diskutiert daraus resultierende Rollenanforderungen. Dieses inzwischen zum Standardwerk der Management-Literatur gewordene Buch liegt nun bereits im 3. Nachdruck vor. Verzeichnis: Jorg Sydow untersucht die Evolution strategischer Netzwerke und prasentiert Beispiele fur diese Organisationsform. Der Autor entwickelt die Konzeption eines kollektiven strategischen Managements und diskutiert daraus resultierende Rollenanforderungen
Understanding the behaviour of individuals and firms is at the heart of evolutionary economics, and also of related fields such as behavioural economics, management, and psychology. This book brings together a set of cutting-edge theoretical and empirical contributions addressing individual agents and their interaction, the evolution of firm organization, as well as the interplay of firm dynamics and regional development.
This review volume represents the first attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of this exciting and rapidly evolving development. The book comprises specially commissioned articles by leading researchers in the areas of neural networks and connectionist systems, classifier systems, adaptive network systems, genetic algorithm, cellular automata, artificial immune systems, evolutionary genetics, cognitive science, optical computing, combinatorial optimization, and cybernetics.
Biological Sciences
Diese ungewöhnliche Einführung in die Evolutionsbiologie vermittelt in sehr verständlicher Form einen Überblick über die Grundlagen dieser Disziplin. Nicht Fossilien und Erdgeschichte stehen hier im Mittelpunkt, sondern die Prozesse und Mechanismen der Evolution und der konzeptionelle Rahmen, in dem man sie heute erklärt. Die Herausgeber Hynek Burda und Sabine Begall haben die Inhalte angepasst an hiesige Curricula und für die deutsche Ausgabe mit zahlreichen didaktischen Elementen angereichert.
“I often said before starting, that I had no doubt I should frequently repent of the whole undertaking.” So wrote Charles Darwin aboard The Beagle, bound for the Galapagos Islands and what would arguably become the greatest and most controversial discovery in scientific history. But the theory of evolution did not spring full-blown from the head of Darwin. Since the dawn of humanity, priests, philosophers, and scientists have debated the origin and development of life on earth, and with modern science, that debate shifted into high gear. In this lively, deeply erudite work, Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J. Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin’s “dangerous idea,” from its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the brilliant breakthroughs of Darwin and Wallace, to Watson and Crick’s stunning discovery of the DNA double helix, and to the triumphant neo-Darwinian synthesis and rising sociobiology today. Along the way, Larson expertly places the scientific upheaval of evolution in cultural perspective: the social and philosophical earthquake that was the French Revolution; the development, in England, of a laissez-faire capitalism in tune with a Darwinian ethos of “survival of the fittest”; the emergence of Social Darwinism and the dark science of eugenics against a backdrop of industrial revolution; the American Christian backlash against evolutionism that culminated in the famous Scopes trial; and on to today’s world, where religious fundamentalists litigate for the right to teach “creation science” alongside evolution in U.S. public schools, even as the theory itself continues to evolve in new and surprising directions. Throughout, Larson trains his spotlight on the lives and careers of the scientists, explorers, and eccentrics whose collaborations and competitions have driven the theory of evolution forward. Here are portraits of Cuvier, Lamarck, Darwin, Wallace, Haeckel, Galton, Huxley, Mendel, Morgan, Fisher, Dobzhansky, Watson and Crick, W. D. Hamilton, E. O. Wilson, and many others. Celebrated as one of mankind’s crowning scientific achievements and reviled as a threat to our deepest values, the theory of evolution has utterly transformed our view of life, religion, origins, and the theory itself, and remains controversial, especially in the United States (where 90% of adults do not subscribe to the full Darwinian vision). Replete with fresh material and new insights, Evolution will educate and inform while taking readers on a fascinating journey of discovery. From the Hardcover edition.
Describes the evolution of life on Earth, from the first life forms to complex organisms and the age of the dinosaurs, and explains how some modern animals evolved from prehistoric ancestors.
Arthur Peacocke, eminent priest-scientist, has collected thirteen of his essays for this volume. Previously published in various academic journals and edited books, the provocative essays expand upon the theme of the evolution of nature, humanity, and belief. They are grouped in three parts.
West-Eberhard is widely recognized as one of the most incisive thinkers in evolutionary biology. This book assesses all the evidence for our current understanding of the role of changes in body plan and development for the process of speciation. The process of evolution is systematically reassessed to integrate the insights coming from developmental genetics. Every serious student of evolution, and a substantial share of developmental biologists and geneticists, will need to take note of this contribution. The timing is clearly ripe for the synthesis that this work will help bring about.

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