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Published: 28 February 2013

464 Pages | 20 B&W


ISBN: 9780198607274

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Nature's Oracle

The Life and Work of W.D.Hamilton

Ullica Segerstrale

  • 'A good candidate for the title of most distinguished Darwinian since Darwin' Professor Richard Dawkins on W.D.Hamilton
  • W.D.Hamilton's theory of gene selection revolutionised biology and led to terms such as 'selfish genes' and 'sociobiology' becoming vital currency in both scientific and public debate.
  • Segerstrale's detailed research reveals the internal tensions and conflicts behind Hamilton's creative genius, and the narrative is peppered with personal anecdotes of this eccentric scientist and tireless truth-seeker.
  • Segerstrale shows how Hamilton throughout his life was a man against the grain, whose iconoclastic views challenged the scientific and medical establishment, and even the Vatican.

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