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!
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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