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I Grandi Problemi delta Biologia Generale

Nature volume 134, page 236 (18 August 1934) | Download Citation



THIS book consists of a series of essays on the fundamental problems of biology. The essays, however, form a connected discussion of these problems, in which the basic facts are given and modern ideas and theories are reviewed. The treatment is clear and interesting. There are neither figures nor index, but the general subjects of the various chapters are subdivided, so that the list of contents gives a good idea of the matter treated. The principal problems discussed are the origin of life, the differentiation of the plant and animal kingdoms, sex, parthenogenesis, death, Lamarckism, Darwinism, heredity, Mendelism, the gene, mutations and the evolution of species. The author makes a point of carefully separating the known facts from theories and hypotheses, and the result is an illuminating and suggestive volume.

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