Evolutionary Biology

Limits to Knowledge in Evolutionary Genetics

  • Michael T. Clegg
  • Max K. Hecht
  • Ross J. Macintyre

Part of the Evolutionary Biology book series (EBIO, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Limits to Knowledge An Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Michael Ruse
      Pages 3-33
    3. Michael T. Clegg
      Pages 35-51
  3. The Philosophy of Biology, Paradigms, and Paradigm Shifts

  4. Limits to Historical Inference and Prediction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-115
    2. Gary A. Churchill
      Pages 117-134
    3. Wen-Hsiung Li, Stephane Boissinot, Ying Tan, Song-Kun Shyue, David Hewett-Emmett
      Pages 151-178
    4. Bruce S. Weir
      Pages 195-202
  5. Quantitative Genetics and the Prediction of Phenotype from Genotype

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-204
    2. Chung-I Wu
      Pages 239-248
  6. Conclusions

    1. Michael T. Clegg
      Pages 249-250
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-258

About this book


After volume 33, this book series was replaced by the journal "Evolutionary Biology." Please visit for further information.


The nature of science is to work on the boundaries between the known and the unknown. These boundaries shift as new methods are developed and as new concepts are elaborated (e.g., the theory of the gene, or more recently, the coalescence framework in population genetics). These tools allow us to address questions that were previously outside the realm of science, and, as a consequence, the boundary between the knowable and unknowable has shifted. A study of limits should reveal and clarify the boundaries and make sharper the set of questions. This book examines and analyzes these new limits as they are applied to evolutionary biology and population genetics. It does this by framing the analysis within four major classes of problems - establishing the fact of evolution; understanding the evolutionary pathways that led to today's biological world; mechanisms of evolutionary change (e.g., models of social behavior, sexual selection, macro evolution); and, finally, prediction.


Genotyp conservation evolution evolutionary biology genetics genotypes

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael T. Clegg
    • 1
  • Max K. Hecht
    • 2
  • Ross J. Macintyre
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Botany and Plant SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Queens College of the City University of New YorkFlushingUSA
  3. 3.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6854-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4135-6
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