Books: MIT Press Republishes Evolution: The Modern Synthesis

16 03 2010

Evolution: The Modern Synthesis: The Definitive Edition
by Julian S. Huxley, Massimo Pigliucci, and Gerd B. Müller
Paperback – Mar. 31, 2010
MIT Press
784 pages
ISBN-10: 0262513668
ISBN-13: 978-0262513661
SRP: $35.00

This is the original definitive work that gave the name to the Modern Synthesis.  First published in 1942, this re-issue by MIT press makes this ground-breaking work available to modern audiences.  Though now some 68 years old, it is still important (some would say vital) for students of the field to understand the concepts put forward by Huxley and his co-authors, since the Modern Synthesis dominated the field of evolutionary studies for most of the mid- to late-twentieth century.  While evolutionary studies have moved on from the modern synthesis in several key areas, many of the concepts proposed within its covers remain valid today.

The current edition includes the entire 1942 text, Huxley’s introduction to the second edition, published in 1963, and the introduction to the 1974 (third) edition, which was written by nine experts, many of whom were Huxley’s colleagues from various disciplines within evolutionary biology.

The bottom line is that if you study evolution, you should have this work on your bookshelf.

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