Shows how researchers use scientific logic to study the underlying mechanisms and evolutionary bases of behaviour, with emphasis on how evolutionary theory unifies the various subdisciplines within animal behaviour.New to This Edition Major reorganisation of the material, such that the central concepts are presented in a different sequence from prior editions:The initial chapters focus first on the evolutionary basis of behaviour.Once the major findings of behavioural ecology have been examined, the book turns its attention to the proximate mechanisms underlying animal behaviour.Throughout, the text shows how researchers use scientific logic to study the underlying mechanisms and the evolutionary bases of behaviour, with emphasis on how evolutionary theory unifies the various subdisciplines within animal behaviour.
The newest addition to John Brockman's Edge.org series explores life itself, bringing together the world's leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists--including Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, J. Craig Venter, and Freeman Dyson. Scientists' understanding of life is progressing more rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decoding of DNA to the controversial emergence of biotechnology. Featuring pioneering biologists, geneticists, physicists, and science writers, Life explains just how far we've come--and takes a brilliantly educated guess at where we're heading. Richard Dawkins and J. Craig Venter compare genes to digital information, and sketch the frontiers of genomic research. Edward O. Wilson reveals what ants can teach us about building a superorganism--and, in turn, about how cells build an organism. Elsewhere, David Haig reports new findings on how mothers and fathers individually influence the human genome, while Kary Mullis covers cutting edge treatments for dangerous viruses. And there's much more in this fascinating volume. We may never have all the answers. But the thinkers collected in Life are asking questions that will keep us dreaming for generations.