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Bonner, John Tyler

Works: 120 works in 722 publications in 10 languages and 26,855 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, abr, Other, Contributor, Collector
Classifications: QP84, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Tyler Bonner
On growth and form by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson( Book )

117 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do living things and physical phenomena take the form they do? D'Arcy Thompson's classic On Growth and Form looks at the way things grow and the shapes they take. Analysing biological processes in their mathematical and physical aspects, this historic work, first published in 1917, has also become renowned for the sheer poetry of its descriptions. A great scientist sensitive to the fascinations and beauty of the natural world tells of jumping fleas and slipper limpets; of buds and seeds; of bees'cells and rain drops; of the potter's thumb and the spider's web; of a film of soap and a bubble of oil; of a splash of a pebble in a pond. D'Arcy Thompson's writing, hailed as'good literature as well as good science; a discourse on science as though it were a humanity', is now made available for a wider readership, with a foreword by one of today's great populisers of science, explaining the importance of the work for a new generation of readers. (A cura dell'editore)
The evolution of culture in animals by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

42 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schr. bespreekt de evolutie van diergedrag, waarbij hij onderscheid maakt tussen de factoren cultuuroverdracht en genetische overdracht
The cellular slime molds by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

38 editions published between 1957 and 2016 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this monograph is twofold. First, an attempt has been made to give a comprehensive survey of all the different known aspects of the biology of the cellular slime molds. There has been a growing interest among experimental biologists working in widely different areas on these organisms, and therefore not only is the present status of the of the experimental knowledge stressed, but also life histories and relationship with other organisms, so that as complete a perspective as possible may be obtained. The field is yet young and the total amount of work done thus far is small, as the complete cellular slime mold bibliography in the back of the book will show
Why size matters : from bacteria to blue whales by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 1,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(Publisher-supplied data) John Tyler Bonner, one of our most distinguished and creative biologists, here offers a completely new perspective on the role of size in biology. In his hallmark friendly style, he explores the universal impact of being the right size. By examining stories ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Gulliver's Travels, he shows that humans have always been fascinated by things big and small. Why then does size always reside on the fringes of science and never on the center stage? Why do biologists and others ponder size only when studying something else--running speed, life span, or metabolism? Why Size Matters, a pioneering book of big ideas in a compact size, gives size its due by presenting a profound yet lucid overview of what we know about its role in the living world. Bonner argues that size really matters--that it is the supreme and universal determinant of what any organism can be and can do. For example, because tiny creatures are subject primarily to forces of cohesion and larger beasts to gravity, a fly can easily walk up a wall, something we humans cannot even begin to imagine doing. Bonner introduces us to size through the giants and dwarfs of human, animal, and plant history and then explores questions including the physics of size as it affects biology, the evolution of size over geological time, and the role of size in the function and longevity of living things. As this elegantly written book shows, size affects life in its every aspect. It is a universal frame from which nothing escapes
The ideas of biology by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

51 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of concise essays explores the foundations of modern biology - the cell, genetics, development, and evolution - for coherent definitions of some of life's seemingly inscrutable processes. Using evolution as the central theme, it examines heredity, embryonic development, and ultimately, relations between organisms and their environment
Cells and societies by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

44 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptation to life of organisms from the amoeba to the monkey. Plants as well as animals
On size and life by Thomas A McMahon( Book )

14 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes why size appears to impose specific restrictions on shape (and shape on size)
Chemical ecology by E. H Sondheimer( Book )

8 editions published between 1970 and 1982 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The chemical ecology of cells in the soil; Chemical ecology among lower plants; The biochemical ecology of higher plants; Plants and the chemical environment; Chemical interactions between plants and insects; Hormonal interactions between plants and insects; Chemical communication within animal species; Chemical defense against predation in arthropods; Chemical ecology of fish; The chemistry of nonhormonal interactions: terpenoid compounds in ecology; Chemical aspects of hormonal interactions
Size and cycle : an essay on the structure of biology by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

28 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The method involves considering organisms as life cycles, and each life cycle is made up of a series of chemical reactions termed steps. The steps occur together in an organized sequence, and they are often grouped together in chains which are to varying degrees dissociable from one another. The life cycle has a point of minimum size and a point of maximum size. The point of minimum size is the cell (either a zygote or spore), and this furthermore is the minimum connection, the minimum unit of inheritance from one life cycle to the next. The process of reaching the point of maximum size is usually referred to as development, and it has the largest magnitude of steps and chains in the whole cycle. The point of maximum size is also the point where innovations or variations are introduced, while the point of maximum size is the point where the organism becomes capable of reproduction, and if this is prevented the elimination of variants is achieved. Since natural selection involves both the introduction of new variations and the constant culling of different variants, the life cycle is in this sense the unit of evolution. Because the life cycle is one complete set of steps (before the repetition occurs in the next cycle) and because it is the unit which permits natural selection to occur, it is the connecting device, the hook, that joins molecular and evolutionary events"--Page 199
On development; the biology of form by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

18 editions published between 1974 and 1978 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Morphogenesis; an essay on development by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

22 editions published between 1952 and 1965 in English and Undetermined and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of complexity by means of natural selection by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Tyler Bonner makes a new attack on an old problem: the question of how progressive increase in the size and complexity of animals and plants has occurred. "How is it," he inquires, "that an egg turns into an elaborate adult? How is it that a bacterium, given many millions of years, could have evolved into an elephant?" The author argues that we can understand this progression in terms of natural selection, but that in order to do so we must consider the role of development--or more precisely the role of life cycles--in evolutionary change. In a lively writing style that will be familiar to readers of his work The Evolution of Culture in Animals (Princeton, 1980), Bonner addresses a general audience interested in biology, as well as specialists in all areas of evolutionary biology. What is novel in the approach used here is the comparison of complexity inside the organism (especially cell differentiation) with the complexity outside (that is, within an ecological community). Matters of size at both these levels are closely related to complexity. The book shows how an understanding of the grand course of evolution can come from combining our knowledge of genetics, development, ecology, and even behavior
First signals : the evolution of multicellular development by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The scale of nature by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

9 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of development : three special lectures given at University College, London by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

20 editions published in 1958 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origin of development; The function of development; The extension of development
Randomness in evolution by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Tyler Bonner, one of our most distinguished and insightful biologists, here challenges a central tenet of evolutionary biology. In this concise, elegantly written book, he makes the bold and provocative claim that some biological diversity may be explained by something other than natural selection. With his customary wit and accessible style, Bonner makes an argument for the underappreciated role that randomness--or chance--plays in evolution. Due to the tremendous and enduring influence of Darwin's natural selection, the importance of randomness has been to some extent overshadowed. Bonner shows how the effects of randomness differ for organisms of different sizes, and how the smaller an organism is, the more likely it is that morphological differences will be random and selection may not be involved to any degree. He traces the increase in size and complexity of organisms over geological time, and looks at the varying significance of randomness at different size levels, from microorganisms to large mammals. Bonner also discusses how sexual cycles vary depending on size and complexity, and how the trend away from randomness in higher forms has even been reversed in some social organisms. Certain to provoke lively discussion, Randomness in Evolution is a book that may fundamentally change our understanding of evolution and the history of life"--
Evolution and development : report of the Dahlem Workshop on Evolution and Development, Berlin 1981, May 10-15 by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

22 editions published in 1982 in English and German and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The goal of this Dahlem Workshop is: to examine how changes in the course of development can alter the course of evolution and to examine how evolutionary processes mold development
Sixty years of biology : essays on evolution and development by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Tyler Bonner, a major participant in the development of biology as an experimental science, is the author not only of important monographs but also of Life Cycles, which is both a personal memoir and a profound commentary on the central themes of biology. This volume of essays presents new material that extends the concepts from Life Cycles and his other writings. Its originality lies in comparing key basic biological processes at different levels, from molecular interactions through multicellular development to behavior and social interactions. The first chapter in the book discusses self-organization and natural selection; the second, competition and natural selection; and the third, gene accumulation and gene silencing. The fourth chapter examines the division of labor in organisms at all levels: within the organelles of a cell, within groups of cells in the guise of differentiation, within groups of individuals in an animal society, and within our culturally determined human societies. The work closes with a charming personal history of sixty years of changes in the field of biology, including the transformation in the ways that research work is funded
The social amoebae : the biology of cellular slime molds by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Tyler Bonner has experimented with cellular slime molds for more than sixty years, and he has done more than anyone else to raise these peculiar collections of amoebae from a minor biological curiosity to a major model organism - one that is widely studied for clues to the development and evolution of all living things. Now, five decades after he published his first pioneering book on cellular slime molds, Bonner steps back from the proliferating and increasingly specialized knowledge about the organism to provide a broad, nontechnical picture of its whole biology, including its evolution, sociobiology, ecology, behavior, and development. The Social Amoebae draws the big lessons from decades of research, and shows how slime molds fit into and illuminate biology as a whole." "Slime molds are very different from other organisms; they feed as individual amoebae before coming together to form a multicellular organism that has a remarkable ability to move and orient itself in its environment. Furthermore, these social amoebae display a sophisticated division of labor; within each organism, some cells form the stalk and others become the spores that will seed the next generation. In The Social Amoebae, Bonner examines all these parts together, giving a balanced, concise, and clear overview of slime mold biology, from molecules to cells to multi-cells, as he advances some unconventional and unexpected insights."--Jacket
Life cycles : reflections of an evolutionary biologist by John Tyler Bonner( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I have devoted my life to slime molds," Bonner begins. While describing the miraculous four-day life cycle of these common microscopic organisms, which are neither plants nor animals, he also shows how their development revealed to him that living things are life cycles: the great lesson that comes from this way of thinking is that it is not just the adult but the life cycle that evolves. With the clarity and the sense of humor that have made Bonner a talented and immensely popular teacher, he goes on to outline contemporary knowledge about biology up to and including the continuing controversy over E.O. Wilson's Sociobiology. Throughout, Bonner makes his points by using a variety of fascinating illustrations: the pond-blooming Volvox, "stepfather" lions, fireflies, and French dissenters to Darwinism, among many others. In an age of increasing specialization and fragmentation among subfields of biology, this is a unique work of reflection and integration
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The evolution of culture in animals
Alternative Names
Boner, John T. 1920-

Bonner, J. T.

Bonner, J. T. 1920-

Bonner, John Tyler

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Tyler-Bonner, John 1920-

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보너, 존 타일러

ボナー, J. T

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The evolution of culture in animalsWhy size matters : from bacteria to blue whalesThe ideas of biologyOn development; the biology of formThe evolution of complexity by means of natural selectionFirst signals : the evolution of multicellular developmentSixty years of biology : essays on evolution and developmentThe social amoebae : the biology of cellular slime moldsLife cycles : reflections of an evolutionary biologist