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Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology

Theoretical biology has important roots in the experimental biology movement of early-twentieth-century Vienna. The “Vienna Series” grew out of theory-oriented workshops, organized by the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), an international center for advanced study in theoretical biology. The KLI fosters research projects, workshops, archives, book projects, and the journal Biological Theory, all devoted to aspects of theoretical biology, with an emphasis on integrating the developmental, evolutionary, and cognitive sciences.

Editor-in-Chief: Gerd B. Müller (University of Vienna, KLI)
Associate Editors: Thomas Pradeu (University of Bordeaux), Katrin Schaefer (University of Vienna)

Scholars from a variety of disciplines consider cases of convergence in lithic technology, when functional or developmental constraints result in similar forms in independent lineages.

Contributors from a range of disciplines consider the disconnect between human evolutionary studies and the rest of evolutionary biology.

Broad perspective on collectivity in the life sciences, from microorganisms to human consensus, and the theoretical and empirical opportunities and challenges.

Experimental, Quantitative, and Theoretical Biology at Vienna's Biologische Versuchsanstalt
Edited by Gerd B. Müller

The scientific achievements and forgotten legacy of a major Austrian research institute, from its founding in 1902 to its wartime destruction in 1945.

Origins and Evolution

Scholars consider the origins and consequences of the evolution of multicellularity, addressing a range of organisms, experimental protocols, theoretical concepts, and philosophical issues.

From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology

A reappraisal of Lamarckism—its historical impact and contemporary significance.

Empirical and philosophical perspectives on scaffolding that highlight the role of temporal and temporary resources in development across concepts of culture, cognition, and evolution.

Evolution and Emerging Individuality

The biological and philosophical implications of the emergence of new collective individuals from associations of living beings.

Limited Forms Most Beautiful

An analysis of convergent evolution from molecules to ecosystems, demonstrating the limited number of evolutionary pathways available to life.

Drawing on recent advances in evolutionary biology, prominent scholars return to the question posed in a pathbreaking book: how evolution itself evolved.

Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology

Leading scholars offer a range of perspectives on the roles played by innovation in the evolution of human culture.

Evolution by Natural Experiment

A critique of selectionism and the proposal of an alternate theory of emergent evolution that is causally sufficient for evolutionary biology.

Understanding the Development and Evolution of Natural Complex Systems

Experts from diverse fields, including artificial life, cognitive science, economics, developmental and evolutionary biology, and the arts, discuss modularity.

Evolutionary and Developmental Perspectives on Mind, Brain, and Behavior

An overview of current research at the intersection of psychology and biology, integrating evolutionary and developmental data and explanations.

Comparative Philosophical Perspectives

Investigations into the relationship between organism and artifacts from the perspective of functionality.

Complexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication

Experts investigate communicative flexibility (in both form and usage of signals) as the foundation of the evolution of complex communication systems, including human language.

Structures, Behaviors, Evolution

Experts examine new modeling strategies for the interpretation of biological data and their integration into the conceptual framework of theoretical biology, detailing approaches that focus on morphology, development, behavior, or evolution.

The Impact of Sex, Symbiosis, and Modularity on the Gradualist Framework of Evolution

A study of evolutionary processes that involve the combination of systems of semi-independently preadapted genetic material rather than the linear or sequential accumulation of slight modifications; with computational models that illustrate these mechanisms.

A Comparative Approach

Laying foundations for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of evolution in communication systems with tools from evolutionary biology, linguistics, animal behavior, developmental psychology, philosophy, cognitive sciences, robotics, and neural network modeling.

Toward a Synthesis

Leading researchers in evolutionary developmental biology seek linkages between, and a synthesis of, development, physiology, endocrinology, ecology, and evolution.

Beyond the Gene in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology

A more comprehensive version of evolutionary theory that focuses as much on the origin of biological form as on its diversification.

This book encompasses the behavior and mentality of nonhuman as well as human animals and a full range of evolutionary approaches. Rather than a collection by and for the like-minded, it is a debate about how evolutionary processes have shaped cognition.