London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1932. 1st Edition. First edition of Haldane’s classic book on evolution; it was influential in the founding of population genetics and the modern synthesis. The book is based on a series of lectures Haldane gave in January of 1931 entitled A Re-examination of Darwinism.
“J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964), one of the founders of the science of population genetics, was also one of the greatest practitioners of the art of explaining science to the layperson. Haldane was a superb story-teller, as his essays and his children's books attest. In The Causes of Evolution he not only helped to marry the new science of genetics to the older one of evolutionary theory but also provided an accessible introduction to the genetical basis of evolution by natural selection. Egbert Leigh's new introduction to this classic work places it in the context of the ongoing study of evolution. Describing Haldane's refusal to be confined by a "System" as a "light-hearted" one, Leigh points out that we are now finding that ‘Haldane's questions are the appropriate next stage in learning how adaptation can evolve. We are now ready to reap the benefit of the fact that Haldane was a free man in the sense that really matters’” (Princeton Science Library Classics). Item #1486
CONDITION & DETAILS: 8 X 6 inches; 200 x 150mm. Tightly bound in somewhat soiled maroon cloth. Ex-libris with the usual markings, though nothing save for the number 575 at the foot of the spine. Tables and photos. , 235pp., . Fully indexed. Good condition.