The Resource Evolutionary worlds without end, Henry Plotkin

Evolutionary worlds without end, Henry Plotkin

Label
Evolutionary worlds without end
Title
Evolutionary worlds without end
Statement of responsibility
Henry Plotkin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Diversity and complexity are the hallmarks of living forms. Yet science aims for general causal explanations of its observations. So how can these be reconciled? Is it possible for a science of life to conform to the requirement of a general theory-the type of theory seen in a 'hard' science such as physics? These are the questions that are explored in this important new book. --
  • In Evolutionary Worlds without end, Henry Plotkin considers whether there is any general theory in biology, including the social sciences, that is in any way equivalent to the general theories of physics. He starts by examining Ernest Rutherford's dictum as to what science is. In the later chapters he considers the possibility, within an historical framework, of a general theory being based upon selection processes. --
  • Throughout, the author constructs a compelling argument for the idea that there are, within biology, something similar to the general theories that make physics such powerful science. This book will be valuable for all those in the biological and social sciences, particularly biologists and psychologists as well as philosophers of science. --Book Jacket
Cataloging source
UKM
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Plotkin, H. C.
Index
index present
LC call number
QH331
LC item number
.P56 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Biology
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Biocomplexity
  • Biodiversity
  • Complexity (Philosophy)
  • Natural selection
  • Evolution
  • Science
  • Biocomplexity
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Complexity (Philosophy)
  • Evolution
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Natural selection
  • Science
  • Evolutionslehre
  • Wissenschaftstheorie
  • Biologie
  • Evolution
  • Evolutionstheorie
  • Biodiversität
  • Komplexität
  • Biophilosophie
  • Natürliche Auslese
Label
Evolutionary worlds without end, Henry Plotkin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-206) and index
Contents
The Rutherford dictum and its meaning for biology -- Plus ça change -- The expansion of selection theory -- Evolutionary epistomology -- Selection and cultural change -- Further applications of selection theory to aspects of human culture -- Levels of selection
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
214 p.
Isbn
9780199544950
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010924767
System control number
  • (OCoLC)503639285
  • (OCoLC)ocn503639285
Label
Evolutionary worlds without end, Henry Plotkin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-206) and index
Contents
The Rutherford dictum and its meaning for biology -- Plus ça change -- The expansion of selection theory -- Evolutionary epistomology -- Selection and cultural change -- Further applications of selection theory to aspects of human culture -- Levels of selection
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
214 p.
Isbn
9780199544950
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010924767
System control number
  • (OCoLC)503639285
  • (OCoLC)ocn503639285

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