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5.0 out of 5 stars A review of R.A Fisher's Genetical Theory of Natural Selection, 23 Oct 2010
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This review is from: The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection: A Complete Variorum Edition (Hardcover)
Perhaps the most important book ever published on natural selection, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in evolution. The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection took time to make an impact in biology due to the mathematical nature of the work but it has since become a classic in evolutionary theory. The book was originally published in the 1930s and a revised edition was released by Dover in 1958. This new edition is complete with a collection of letters between Fisher & various correspondes related to the publication of this work.

At the time this book was first published, Natural selection was considered a controversial theory, believed to be incomptaible with the discovery of Mendelian inheritance. Fisher sets out in this book using mathematics, to show that slow gradual evolution and Mendelian inheritance are complementary, this book helped restores natural selection to it's rightful place as being fundamental to an understanding of biology.

The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection begins by analysing the nature of heredity, rejecting blending theory in favour of particulate inheritance. In the next chapter Fisher develops his Fundamental Theorm of Natural Selection. Other issues explored in the book include the evolution of dominance, mutation and selection, sexual selection and the sex ratio and mimicry in butterflies. The final 5 chapters of the book include Fisher's views on Eugenics.
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