funny

update: never mind! luke found it. looks like somebody put it back on the wrong shelf. (~_^)

seriously. the preview for volume 1 is still available on google books (here), but you can’t find it by searching for the title on google books. at least i can’t. the title is wrong for one thing: it’s listed as volume 3 when it should be volume 1. i dunno if that’s screwing up the search result. time to “report an issue with a book” to google!
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william d. hamilton’s papers (some or all, i’m not sure) are published in three volumes:

– Narrow Roads of Gene Land vol. 1: Evolution of Social Behaviour
– Narrow Roads of Gene Land vol. 2: Evolution of Sex
– Narrow Roads of Gene Land vol. 3: Last Words

the first two volumes include essays written by hamilton introducing each of the papers. he died before the third volume was written/published, so other authors — scientists and people who knew him — wrote the essays in that volume.

anyway. volume 2 on the evolution of sex can be previewed here on google books. google books doesn’t have a preview for volume 3 available, but you can see the cover and a description of the contents on google books here.

four or five years ago … or maybe it was six … i flipped through volume 1 (the evolution of social behavior, i.e. inclusive fitness, altruism and all that good stuff) on google books. i bought the book last year, but when i refer to it on the ol’ blog here, i like to link to the google books page for it.

sometime last year i noticed that the book was no longer available to preview on google books. hmmmm. you could see the cover and read a description of the book, but the preview was gone. i thought that was kinda odd since i know it was there before — and it’s unlikely to be an issue with the publisher since volume 2 is still available. -??-

now i noticed a week or two ago that the cover image and the description are gone, too! all that’s left is an anonymous brown cover and the bibliographic info for it.

all i have to say is i think that is kinda … funny. =/

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  1. @curt – “Not so funny really. :/”

    no, not so funny really. =/

    google is, of course, free to do what they like with google books — but i do wonder why the book is gone. is it that we mustn’t tell the kiddies about teh inclusive fitness or altruistic behaviors? of course, bill hamilton didn’t pull very many punches, so reading him might make a lot of people nowadays woozy.

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  2. No, not funny. Larry Page’s stated mission was to make the world’s information available to all. Hamilton is an important and original biologist. Larry Page should be contacted.

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  3. Here are links to all three volumes, including previews of one and three. I got them by clicking “other editions.”

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  4. @luke – “Here are links to all three volumes, including previews of one and three. I got them by clicking “other editions.”

    oh, good! well, never mind!

    i thought it was really weird that it should disappear like that. now i see why i couldn’t find it — the title is wrong: it’s listed as volume 3 instead of volume 1.

    i knew i’d read it on google books! it’s still annoying that you can’t find it by searching for the title of the book. at least i don’t manage to.

    thanks for sorting out the mystery. (^_^)

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  5. @luke – “Here are links to all three volumes, including previews of one and three.”

    i only see previews for volumes 1 and 2 (which is what was there before). (volume 1 is mistitled as volume 3.) there’s just a snippet view for volume 3, afaics. but that’s ok — i can live with that! (^_^)

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  6. If you have no moral objection to piracy, you can get the entirety of volume 3 here. For some odd reason though, nobody seems to have bothered making digital copies of vol. 1 & 2 freely available.

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