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Williams, George C. (George Christopher) 1926-2010

Works: 38 works in 257 publications in 9 languages and 10,127 library holdings
Genres: Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QH546, 574.5
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Most widely held works about George C Williams
Most widely held works by George C Williams
Adaptation and natural selection; a critique of some current evolutionary thought by George C Williams( Book )

70 editions published between 1966 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. His Adaptation and Natural Selection, now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work
Why we get sick : the new science of Darwinian medicine by Randolph M Nesse( Book )

30 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors state the case that illness and disorder are part of an evolutionary reaction by the human body, and in some cases, they may be beneficial to the current physical or psychological state of the ill person. Examples include morning sickness as a control over the nutritional needs of the pregnant woman, and fever as a means to regulate body temperature to fight off infection. While the authors do not claim that medical treatment should be withheld, understanding the underlying causes of some medical illness or disorders may be as important as typical medical treatment
Sex and evolution by George C Williams( Book )

23 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural selection : domains, levels, and challenges by George C Williams( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work, George C. Williams--one of evolutionary biology's most distinguished scholars--examines the mechanisms and meaning of natural selection in evolution. Williams offers his own perspective on modern evolutionary theory, including discussions of the gene as the unit of selection, clade selection and macroevolution, diversity within and among populations, stasis, and other timely and provocative topics. In dealing with the levels-of-selection controversy, he urges a pervasive form of the replicator-vehicle distinction. Natural selection, he argues, takes place in the separate domains
The pony fish's glow : and other clues to plan and purpose in nature by George C Williams( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We may regard ourselves as the most advanced species on the planet, but have we really reached our optimum design' Isn't there always room for improvements' Before you answer, let noted evolutionary biologist George C. Williams remind you of both the exquisite adaptations and absurd maladaptations nature has bestowed upon us, the self-proclaimed "pinnacle of evolution."Picking up where Darwin left off, Williams combines philosophical perspective and scientific method to provide a foundation for the answers to some fascinating questions. He explains why our bodies have to deteriorate so disastrously with old age. He gives us logical reasons to explain why we crave foods like sugar and fat that have been proven time and again to be detrimental to our health. And Williams single-handedly deflates our Homo sapiens sapiens ego with such insights as: Our eyesight'it may seem superior, but not when compared to that of the invertebrate squid, whose eye has developed over time to prove more efficient than ours. And wouldn't it make more sense to have a third eye, located on the back of the head' We could have stereoscopic vision in front and rear-vision warning us of danger sneaking up behind. Rear-view mirrors would become a thing of the past. And why stop at three eyes'This fascinating new book is markedly different from all previous work on evolutionary biology. Using the pony fish and its luminescent abdomen as the perfect evolutionary mystery, Williams explores the intricacies of nature's designs. Rather than telling us how or why the pony fish got its light, Williams explains the functional reasons why the pony fish keeps its light. He also explains why our species keeps arbitrary or malfunctioned features like the reproductive and excretory systems' sharing of parts. George C. Williams, one of today's most qualified evolutionary biologists, has written an important, entertaining, and thought-provoking addition to a science that has captivated the world for almost 150 years
Evolution & ethics : T.H. Huxley's "Evolution and ethics" with new essays on its Victorian and sociobiological context by Thomas Henry Huxley( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T. H. Huxley (1825-1895) was not only an active protagonist in the religious and scientific upheaval that followed the publication of Darwin's theory of evolution but also a harbinger of the sociobiological debates about the implications of evolution that are now going on. His seminal lecture Evolution and Ethics, reprinted here with its introductory Prolegomena, argues that the human psyche is at war with itself, that humans are alienated in a cosmos that has no special reference to their needs, and that moral societies are of necessity in conflict with the natural conditions of their existence. Seen in the light of current understanding of the mechanisms of evolution, these claims remain as controversial today as they were when Huxley proposed them. In this volume George Williams, one of the best-known evolutionary biologists of our time, asserts that recent biological ideas and data justify a more extreme condemnation of the "cosmic process" than Huxley advocated and more extreme denial that the forces that got us here are capable of maintaining a viable world. James Paradis, an expert in Victorian studies, has written an introduction that sets the celebrated lecture in the context of cultural history, revealing it to be an impressive synthesis of Victorian thinking, as well as a challenge to eighteenth-century assumptions about the harmony of of nature. With Huxley's lecture as a focal point, the three parts of this book unite philosophy and science in a shared quest that recalls their common origins as systems of knowledge.Originally published in 1989.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Group selection by George C Williams( Book )

8 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plan and purpose in nature by George C Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and Dutch and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contrasts the human engineering of such instruments as a camera or a fish-hook with natural instruments such as an eye or a hand, and considers the implications of natural selection for human sexuality, ageing, ethics, racism and disease
Evolution and healing by Randolph M Nesse( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homing behavior of California rocky shore fishes by George C Williams( Book )

6 editions published between 1956 and 1957 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interply layer degradation effects on composite structural response by C. C Chamis( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pourquoi tombons-nous malade? by Randolph M Nesse( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in French and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Measurement of consociatin among fishes and comments on the evolution of schooling by George C Williams( Book )

2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dispersal of young marine fishes near Woods Hole, Massachusetts by George C Williams( Book )

2 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dawn of Darwinian Medicine by George C Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Schimmern des Ponyfisches : Plan und Zweck in der Natur by George C Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in German and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

¿Por qué enfermamos? by Randolph M Nesse( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in Spanish and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seibutsu wa naze shinkasurunoka by George C Williams( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in Japanese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution and origins of disease by Randolph M Nesse( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do noses run? Why do lungs cough? Why are some diseases deadlier than others. Germs and weaknesses of the body may be the immediate causes of illness, but they don't explain why sickness takes the form that it does. Concepts from evolutionary biology can, however, and could help unify the medicinal sciences
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Sex and evolution
Alternative Names
George C. Williams Amerikaans bioloog (1926-2010)

George C. Williams US-amerikanischer Evolutionsbiologe

George Christopher Williams

George Christopher Williams amerikai biológus

Williams, George C.

Williams , George Christopher

Williams, George Christopher 1926-

Williams, George Christopher 1926-2010

Джордж Крістофер Вільямс

Уильямс, Джордж Кристофер

ג'ורג' סי. ויליאמס

جورج سی ویلیامز زیست‌شناس آمریکایی

جورج وليامز

윌리엄스, 조지 C. 1926-2010

조지 크리스토퍼 윌리엄스

ウィリアムズ, ジョージ・C.



Why we get sick : the new science of Darwinian medicineSex and evolutionNatural selection : domains, levels, and challengesThe pony fish's glow : and other clues to plan and purpose in natureEvolution & ethics : T.H. Huxley's "Evolution and ethics" with new essays on its Victorian and sociobiological contextGroup selectionPlan and purpose in natureEvolution and healing