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The Architecture of Evolution: The Science of Form in Twentieth-Century Evolutionary Biology (2022)

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The Science of Form in Twentieth-Century Evolutionary Biology|In the final decades of the twentieth century, the advent of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) offered a revolutionary new perspective that transformed the classical neo-Darwinian, gene-centered study of evolution. In The Architecture of Evolution, Marco Tamborini demonstrates how this radical innovation was made possible by the largely forgotten study of morphology. Despite the key role morphology played in the development of evolutionary biology since the 1940s, the architecture of organisms was excluded from the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis. And yet, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the 1970s and ’80s, morphologists sought to understand how organisms were built and how organismal forms could be generated and controlled. The generation of organic form was, they believed, essential to understanding the mechanisms of evolution. Tamborini explores how the development of evo-devo and the recent organismal turn in biology involved not only the work of morphologists but those outside the biological community with whom they exchanged their data, knowledge, and practices. Together with architects and engineers, they worked to establish a mathematical and theoretical basis for the study of organic form as a mode of construction, developing and reinterpreting important notions that would play a central role in the development of evolutionary developmental biology in the late 1980s. This book sheds light not only on the interdisciplinary basis for many of the key concepts in current developmental biology but also on contributions to the study of organic form outside the English-speaking world.

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Authors & Contributors
Riccardo Mona
Fasolo, Aldo
Conley, Brandon A.
William J. Talbott
Lovisolo, Davide
O'Rourke, Michael
Journals
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology and Philosophy
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Science in Context
Science and Education
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Publishers
IF Press
Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung
University of Chicago Press
The MIT Press
Palgrave Macmillan
MIT Press
Concepts
Biology
Evolutionary developmental biology
Evolution
Philosophy of biology
Morphology
Developmental biology
People
Thompson, D'arcy Wentworth
Francé, Raoul Heinrich
Hepworth, Barbara
Nash, Paul
Moore, Henry
Read, Herbert
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century, late
Places
Germany
France
Great Britain
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