Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 17, 2009

Weeky Read-Along—December 18, 2009: Biology in the Twenty-First Century

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Ernst Mayr (1904 – 2005) was a German evolutionary biologist and professor of zoology at Harvard University who resided in the United States.  He is best known as a champion of the concept that the whole genotype—not the individual gene—is the target of selection.  He is the author of many books, including:  Systematics and the origin of species, from the viewpoint of a zoologist (1942), The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance (1982), and What Makes Biology Unique? Considerations on the autonomy of a scientific discipline (2004).

This week’s text is Mayr’s lecture “Biology in the Twenty-First Century” given at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, in Washington, DC, on March 22, 2000.  In his lecture, Mayr briefly recounted the development of biology and suggested three areas of future growth in biological thought: developmental biology, the central nervous system, and the ecosystem.

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Mayr’s text at this website:

http://www.stephenjaygould.org/library/mayr_biology21st.html

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