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How the Leopard Changed Its Spots: The Evolution of Complexity - Brian Goodwin

London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.

Contains: Further reading list; Black & white photographs; Graphs; Colour photographs; Diagrams; References;

From the cover: “Darwin’s concept of the origin of species by natural selection has been a spectacularly successful and durable scientific theory. But it actually fails in a basic objective, which is to explain the origins of the qualitative differences of structure between species. Life on earth is described in historical terms, with no explanation of how different forms of organisms are generated. This is like saying that the earth’s orbit around the sun just happened to be elliptical, without any explanation of why that type of orbit arises from the dynamic principles of motion.

Goodwin’s view of biology is radically different. He proposes that any organism is a dynamic self-organizing process that obeys certain principles of order. This offers answers to problems that Darwinism with its emphasis on genes and natural selection as determinants of biological form cannot answer. Goodwin describes how particular forms emerge and persist in different types of organisms: examples include the leaf and flower patterns of higher plants and the origins of limbs and eyes. Once the basic principles of development are understood, these particular forms become self-explanatory.

Goodwin’s new biology is not only an exact science, it is also a science for a new age, transforming the competitive individualism and intellectual imperialism of the quantitative sciences of modernity into a post-modern science of qualities.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 233 pages.
£11.00