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Neutral Models in Biology - Matthew H. Nitecki

Neutral Models in Biology

By: Matthew H. Nitecki (Editor), Antoni Hoffman (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1987
ISBN: 9780195050998
Number Of Pages: 180

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Neutral models are constructed to help scientists understand complex patterns of form, structure, or behavior that may not be observed directly. In this unique volume, eight distinguished scientists present a comprehensive study of the use of neutral models in testing biological theories. They describe the principles of model testing and explore how they are applied to research in molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and paleontology. In addition to the editors, the contributors include Stephen Stigler, David Raup, Paul Harvey, L.B. Slobodkin, Stuart Kauffman, William Wimsatt, and James Crow.

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"'Neutral' or 'null' models have convulsed several areas of evolutionary ecology in the last decade and generated debate so caustic that it has been reported in the lay press. Surprisingly, though particular areas have been examined, there has been no general review. This volume fills the void. . . .well written and nontechnical, and the book is engaging. . . .thoughtful and provocative." --American Scientist "The book does contain a great diversity of expertise and viewpoints, from population geneticist to philosopher to ecologist, paleontologist and statistician, and from adherents to the benefits of neutral models to committed sceptics. . . .an important book." --Cladistics "'Neutral' or 'null' models have convulsed several areas of evolutionary ecology in the last decade and generated debate so caustic that it has been reported in the lay press. Surprisingly, though particular areas have been examined, there has been no general review. This volume fills the void. . . .well written and nontechnical, and the book is engaging. . . .thoughtful and provocative." --American Scientist "The book does contain a great diversity of expertise and viewpoints, from population geneticist to philosopher to ecologist, paleontologist and statistician, and from adherents to the benefits of neutral models to committed sceptics. . . .an important book." --Cladistics

Matthew H. Nitecki and Antoni Hoffman: Introduction: Neutral Models as a Biological Strategy PART I: Molecular and Genetic Models 1: James F. Crow, University of Wisconsin: Neutral Models in Molecular Evolution 2: William C. Wimsatt, University of Chicago: False Models as Means to Truer Theories 3: Stuart A. Kauffman, University of Pennsylvania: Self Organization, Selective Adaptation, and Its Limits: A New Pattern of Inference in Evolution and Development PART II: Ecological Models 4: L.B. Slobodkin, State University of New York at Stony Brook: How to be Objective in Community Studies 5: Paul H. Harvey, University of Oxford: On the Use of Null Hypotheses in Biogeography PART III: Paleontological Models 6: David M. Raup, University of Chicago: Neutral Models in Paleobiology 7: Antoni Hoffman, Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences: Neutral Model of Taxonomic Diversification in the Phanerozoic: A Methodological Discussion 8: Stephen M. Stigler, University of Chicago: Testing Hypotheses or Fitting Models: Another Look at Mass Extinctions

ISBN: 9780195050998
ISBN-10: 0195050991
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 31st December 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.45

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