This book introduces what is essential and exciting in evolutionary biology It covers the whole field and emphasizes what the important concepts are Care has been taken to express complex and stimulating ideas in simple language, while the frequent examples and running summaries make reading fun Each chapter follows logically from the next, so that the book can be read straight through, one chapter per sitting Concise, clear, and states what is important Concentrates on the central concepts and illustrates them with telling examples Running summaries in the margins make navigation easy Suitable for a one semester or one year course in evolution Summaries at chapter ends Each chapter s connections to neighboring chapters are explained Evolution An Introduction takes a fresh approach to classical topics such as population genetics and natural selection, and gives an overview of recent advances in hot areas such as sexual selection, genetic conflict, life history evolution, and development....
|Title||:||Evolution: An Introduction|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press 1 edition March 2, 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
|File Size||:||591 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Evolution: An Introduction Reviews
This is the main textbook that Prof. Stearns uses for his course on Evolutionary Biology, which can be found on the Open Yale website. The 36 lectures there can be downloaded and watched in conjunction with reading his textbook. I have found Prof. Stearns to be a great lecturer, able to make his complex subject matter easy to be understood by someone like myself who is not a biologist. His textbook is a great complement to the lectures as it also is written in a clear and understandable fashion. Used together, this textbook and the Open Yale lectures provide a wonderful opportunity for self-education for anyone really interested in learning more about the fascinating subject of evolution and its current scientific status.
Somewhat biased and unscientific in some areas. Overall, a very boring read. It was a required text.
This book has been a joy to read for a variety of reasons, but I must agree that it takes time to grasp all of the concepts presented, and prospective reader ought to have a devoted interest in the subject--I would not recommend this book as an introduction of any kind. Based on the depth and complexity of the information this book contains, I would recommend it for a senior undergraduate level course, or even a graduate level course.
I took his class, and although I didn't finish with a certificate of completion, it was a great class.
Good prices on slightly out of date textbooks. I used these in conjunction with an online course at Yale.
I bought this book after listening to about half of Mr. Stearns' 36 lectures on evolution which are available free through iTunes U as one of the Open Yale courses. My hope is that some of the illustrations that Mr. Stearns is using in his lectures (which a listener cannot see), will be in the textbook. If you, like me, are not a biologist, you might want to dip your toe in the water by listening to the lectures before tackling the book. I am very impressed with both.
good book, fits in any evolution course