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The Evolution of Theodosius Dobzhansky : essays on his life and thought in Russia and America
Adams, Mark B.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1994]

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xi, 249 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Selected papers from the International Symposium on Theodosius Dobzhansky, held in Leningrad Sept. 17-19, 1990.
Introduction: Theodosius Dobzhansky in Russia and America / Theodosius Dobzhansky: a family story / Dobzhansky and Russian entomology: the origin of his ideas on species and speciation / Filipchenko and Dobzhansky: issues in evolutionary genetics in the 1920s / From the archives: Dobzhansky in Kiev and Leningrad / Theodosius Dobzhansky, the Morgan lab, and the breakdown of the naturalist/experimentalist dichotomy, 1927-1947

Origin of Dobzhansky's Genetics and the Origin of Species / Fly room west: Dobzhansky, D. pseudoobscura, and scientific practice / Dobzhansky on evolutionary dynamics: some questions about his Russian background / Dobzhansky, Waddington, and Schmalhausen: embryology and the modern synthesis / Theodosius Dobzhansky remembered: genetic coadaptation / Dobzhansky, artificial life, and the "larger questions" of evolution

Evolutionary worldview of Theodosius Dobzhansky / Dobzhansky and the biology of democracy: the moral and political significance of genetic variation / Dobzhansky in the "nature-nurture" debate / Dobzhansky and the problem of progress
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This volume not only offers an intellectual biography of one of the most important biologists and social thinkers of the twentieth century but also illuminates the development of evolutionary studies in Russia and in the West. Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975), a creator of the "evolutionary synthesis" and the author of its first modern statement, Genetics and the Origin of Species (1937), founded modern Western population genetics and wrote many popular books on such topics as human evolution, race and racism, equality, and human destiny. In this, the first book devoted to an analysis of the historical, scientific, and cultural dimensions of Dobzhansky's life and thought, an international group of historians, biologists, and philosophers addresses the full span of his career in Russia and the United States.

Beginning with the reminiscences of his daughter, Sophia Dobzhansky Coe, these essays cover Dobzhansky's Russian roots (Nikolai L. Krementsov, Daniel A. Alexandrov, Mikhail B. Konashev), the Morgan Lab (Garland E. Allen, William B. Provine, Robert E. Kohler, Richard M. Burian), his scientific legacy (Scott F. Gilbert, Bruce Wallace, Charles E. Taylor), and his social, political, philosophical, and religious thought (Costas B. Krimbas, John Beatty, Diane B. Paul, Michael Ruse).

Originally published in 1994.

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Dobzhansky (1900-75) was the "central architect of the modern evolutionary synthesis" between the two world wars and the creator of population genetics in the US. Trained in Russia, he came to the US on a fellowship in 1927, worked with T.H. Morgan at Columbia and Cal Tech until 1940, and then became professor of zoology at Columbia University, retiring in 1971. He began his entomological studies while in high school, specializing in ladybird beetles and later fruit flies. His Genetics and the Origin of Species (1937), the outgrowth of a series of lectures given at Columbia in 1936, established his international reputation as a zoologist. He later became interested in human biology, but wrote widely on a variety of zoological, social, and philosophical issues. This volume, the result of a 1990 symposium on Dobzhansky's life and work held in St. Petersburg, Russia, consists of 16 essays in four sections, which deal with his Russian roots, his work in the Morgan laboratory, his scientific legacy, and his worldview; contributors include both Russian and US specialists. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty. K. B. Sterling; formerly, Harford Community College

Table of Contents

Mark B. AdamsSophia Dobzhansky CoeNikolai L. KrementsovDaniel A. AlexandrovMikhail B. KonashevGarland E. AllenRobert E. KohlerRichard M. BurianScott F GilbertBruce WallaceCharles E. TaylorCostas B. KrimbasJohn BeattyDiane B. PaulMichael Ruse
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgments A
Introduction I
Introduction: Theodosius Dobzhansky in Russia and Americap. 3
Theodosius Dobzhansky: A Family Storyp. 13
Part 1 Russian Rootsp. 29
Dobzhansky and Russian Entomology: The Origin of His Ideas on Species and Speciationp. 31
Filipchenko and Dobzhansky: Issues in Evolutionary Genetics in the 1920Sp. 49
From the Archives: Dobzhansky in Kiev and Leningradp. 63
Part 2 The Morgan Labp. 85
Theodosius Dobzhansky, the Morgan Lab, and the Breakdown of the Naturalist/ Experimentalist Dichotomy, 1927-1947p. 87
The Origin of Dobzhansky's Genetics and the Origin of Species Fly Room West: Dobzhansky, D. pseudoobscura, and Scientific Practicep. 115
Dobzhansky on Evolutionary Dynamics: Some Questions about His Russian Backgroundp. 129
Part 3 The Scientific Legacyp. 141
Dobzhansky, Waddington, and Schmalhausen: Embryology and the Modern Synthesisp. 143
Theodosius Dobzhansky Remembered: Genetic Coadaptationp. 155
Dobzhansky, Artificial Life, and the "Larger Questions" of Evolutionp. 163
Part 4 Dobzhansky's Worldviewp. 177
The Evolutionary Worldview of Theodosius Dobzhanskyp. 179
Dobzhansky and the Biology of Democracy: The Moral and Political Significance of Genetic Variationp. 195
Dobzhansky in the "Nature-Nurture" Debatep. 219
Dobzhansky and the Problem of Progressp. 233
Contributorsp. 247