The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection: A Complete Variorum Edition

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OUP Oxford, 1930 - Mathematics - 318 pages
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R A Fisher's classic The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection was first published by the Oxford University Press in 1930. It was the first attempt to assess and explain Darwin's evolutionary theories in terms of the genetic processes underlying them, and was also original in being the first book to establish a firm theoretical basis for evolution. Since then, it has become a classic text in evolutionary biology, with Fisher hailed as one of the greatest evolutionary biologists of this century. This Variorum edition will be the definitive version - the only version of The Genetical Theory in print: it will include both Fisher's original 1930 text and that of a second edition of the book, published by Dover publications in 1958, which is now out of print. It also has a new Foreword, some unpublished material by Fisher that he wrote in his own copy, and letters between Fisher and Darwin's grandson, Leonard Darwin. Students, researchers, and general readers with an interest in the history of evolutionary biology will welcome this new edition.
 

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Contents

The Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection
22
The Evolution of Dominance
48
Variation as determined bv Mutation and Selection
70
Variation c continued
97
Sexual Reproduction and Sexual Selection
121
VLT Mimicry
146
Man and Society
170
The Inheritance of Human Fertility
188
Reproduction in relation to Social Class
210
Social Selection of Fertility
228
Conditions of Permanent Civilization
256
Works Cited 206
266
Major amendments and additions in the 1958 edition
273
Editorial notes
301
Annotated list of papers published by R A Fisher
311
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Sir Ronald A Fisher is one of the best- known statisticians of this century. After becoming disaffected with the UK academic environment, he moved to the University of Adelaide, to whom he entrusted the copyright of all his works. Professor Henry Bennett worked with him at the University ofAdelaide and has access to all of Fisher's material, published and unpublished. Professor J H Bennett: University of Adelaide, Box 498, G.P.O., Adelaide, South Australia 5001 fax: 00 61 8 8303 4399

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