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The Missing Two-Thirds of Evolutionary Theory

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Part of Elements in the Philosophy of Biology

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108716680

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  • In this Element, we extend our earlier treatment of biology's first law. The law says that in any evolutionary system in which there is variation and heredity, there is a tendency for diversity and complexity to increase. The law plays the same role in biology that Newton's first law plays in physics, explaining what biological systems are expected to do when no forces act, in other words, what happens when nothing happens. Here we offer a deeper explanation of certain features of the law, develop a quantitative version of it, and explore its consequences for our understanding of diversity and complexity.

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    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108716680
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Zero-Force Evolutionary Law
    2. What the ZFEL is not
    3. The ZFEL quantified
    4. What the ZFEL means for biology.

  • Authors

    Robert Brandon, Duke University, North Carolina

    Daniel W. McShea, Duke University, North Carolina

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