Evolution As Entropy

Daniel R. Brooks and E. O. Wiley

Evolution As Entropy
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Daniel R. Brooks and E. O. Wiley

2d edition
429 pages | © 1988
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226075747 Published October 1988
"By combining recent advances in the physical sciences with some of the novel ideas, techniques, and data of modern biology, this book attempts to achieve a new and different kind of evolutionary synthesis. I found it to be challenging, fascinating, infuriating, and provocative, but certainly not dull."—James H, Brown, University of New Mexico

"This book is unquestionably mandatory reading not only for every living biologist but for generations of biologists to come."—Jack P. Hailman, Animal Behaviour, review of the first edition

"An important contribution to modern evolutionary thinking. It fortifies the place of Evolutionary Theory among the other well-established natural laws."—R.Gessink,TAXON
Contents
Preface
Preface to First Edition
1. Prelude
Lawlike Behavior in Evolution
Evolution and Developmental Biology
Neo-Darwinism and the Origin of Higher Taxa: Of Moths and Mammals
A Proposed Analogy
Form and Function
Summary
2. The Core Hypothesis
Introduction to the Thesis
Energy and Information
Information
Entropy and Information
Some Biological Interpretations
Thermodynamics
Information Theory
Hierarchical Information Theory
Informational Capacity
Order and Disorder
Closed Systems
Noise
Self-Organizing Systems
Biological Phenomenology
The Nature of the Initial Conditions
Information
Cohesion
Physiological Phenomenology
Research Programs
Summary
3. Ontogeny, Morphology, and Evolution
Ontogenesis as a Nonequilibrium Phenomenon
The Genome as an Organized Unit
Terminal Changes
Nonterminal Changes
Entropic Behavior of Ontogenesis
Compensatory Changes
Compensatory Changes and the Course of Evolution
Historical Analysis and Ontogeny
Summary
4. Populations and Species
Evolution in Populations
Information
Overall Estimates of Information Entropy
Information Partitioning and Multiple Populations
Patterns of Change in Information
Proximal Mechnisms of Changes in Information
Cohesion
Factors Affecting Cohesion
Cohesion within a Population
Cohesion among Populations
Cohesion and Entropy
Summary Remarks
Species and Speciation
Modes of Speciation
Speciation and Entropy Changes
Comment on Punctuated Equilibrium
Species, Phylogenetic Tree Topologies, and Entropy
Summary
5. Mapping Historical Change
Linguistic and Structuralist Approaches to Systematics
Syntax
Systematic Technique Derived from Entropy Considerations
Phylogenetic Systematics
The Wagner Algorithm
Semantics
Semantic Components
Historical Constraints and Outgroups
Parsimony and Minimum Entropy Increases
Information Considerations
Cohesion Considerations
Testing for Departures from Minimum Entropy Configurations
"Linguistic Affinities" of Systematic Techniques
Summary
6. Macroecology
Macroscopic Properties of Ecological Associations
Historical Ecology
Life History Cycles and Ecology
Coevolution and Colonization
Vicariance Biogeography
Separating Historical and Proximal Ecological Associations—Two Examples
Historical Ecology and Competition
Summary
7. Reprise and Prelude
References
Index
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