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Species: A History of the Idea (Species and Systematics) Hardcover – 11 Sep 2009

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (11 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520260856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520260856
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,753,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The most comprehensive work of its kind. It will appeal to students in a diverse set of disciplines. . . . Highly recommended."--"Choice"

"The most comprehensive, encyclopedic account of the history of the thinking about species. . . . Truly impressive."--"Science & Education"

"Provides a thorough background in this important topic. . . . A valuable resource."--"Nsta Recommends"

"Provides a comprehensive and interesting synthesis of the species problem today in the context of changing ideologies through history."--"Journal of Human Evolution Blog"

"A useful source for literature, ideas, and history of the topic."--James Mallet"Integrative & Comparative Bio (Sicb)" (07/23/2010)

A useful source for literature, ideas, and history of the topic. --James Mallet"Integrative & Comparative Bio (Sicb)" (07/23/2010)"

"It is difficult to find anything to dislike about Wilkins's study. The breadth of the work is staggering, and the amount of research that went into its discussion of every major intellectual figure and conceptual player in the species debates from Plato onward is readily apparent at every turn."--Charles H. Pence"Evolution: Education and Outreach" (09/09/2014)

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"Few topics have engaged biologists and philosophers more than the concept of species, and arguably no idea is more important for evolutionary science. John S. Wilkins' book combines meticulous historical and philosophical analysis and thus provides new insights on the development of this most enduring of subjects."--Joel Cracraft, American Museum of Natural History

"This is not the potted history that one usually finds in texts and review articles. It is a fresh look at the history of a field central to biology, but one whose centrality has changed in scope over the centuries. Wilkins' book will be a standard source for all kinds of people working in systematics. There is not another book on the subject, amazingly enough, and his perspective is so comprehensive and well-taught that it will replace any standard review articles and older histories."--Kevin Padian, University of California, Berkeley

"An essential sourcebook for anyone interested in the species problem and the history of 'species.' Wilkins does a wonderful job detangling the various uses of 'species.' His book brings clarity to a topic marked by confusion and ambiguity."--Marc Ereshefsky, author of The Poverty of Linnaean Hierarchy: A Philosophical Study of Biological Taxonomy

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