By Michael Ruse (auth.), Michael T. Clegg, Max K. Hecht, Ross J. Macintyre (eds.)

After quantity 33, this publication sequence was once changed via the magazine "Evolutionary Biology." Please stopover at www.springer.com/11692 for extra information.

The nature of technology is to paintings at the barriers among the identified and the unknown. those barriers shift as new equipment are constructed and as new techniques are elaborated (e.g., the idea of the gene, or extra lately, the coalescence framework in inhabitants genetics). those instruments let us tackle questions that have been formerly open air the area of technology, and, in this case, the boundary among the knowable and unknowable has shifted. A research of limits should still demonstrate and make clear the bounds and make sharper the set of questions. This booklet examines and analyzes those new limits as they're utilized to evolutionary biology and inhabitants genetics. It does this by means of framing the research inside of 4 significant periods of difficulties - developing the actual fact of evolution; knowing the evolutionary pathways that ended in cutting-edge organic global; mechanisms of evolutionary switch (e.g., types of social habit, sexual choice, macro evolution); and, eventually, prediction.

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