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Unformatted text preview: 519 I N V I T E D P E R S P E C T I V E S I N P H Y S I O L O G I C A L A N D B I O C H E M I C A L Z O O L O G Y Bart’s Familiar Quotations: The Enduring Biological Wisdom of George A. Bartholomew * Corresponding author; e-mail: [email protected] Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 81(5):519–525. 2008. q 2008 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. 1522-2152/2008/8105-8012$15.00 DOI: 10.1086/589841 3 The ever-ramifying genealogy of Bart’s academic descendants (Bennett and Lowe 2005) is accessible at http://bartgen.bio.uci.edu/tree. Raymond B. Huey 1, * Albert F. Bennett 2 1 Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-1800; 2 School of Biological Sciences and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, California 92697 Accepted 5/2/2008; Electronically Published 8/26/2008 ABSTRACT George A. Bartholomew was one of the most influential or- ganismal biologists of the twentieth century. His insights and research were fundamental to the establishment and growth of physiological ecology and evolutionary physiology. In the pro- cess of fostering that area of science, he created a body of literature that is striking in the clarity of its thought and pre- sentation. Here we present some of his most insightful and important quotations, group them thematically, and comment on their original context and their continuing relevance. Introduction George A. Bartholomew (Fig. 1), known to family and friends as “Bart,” was one of the greatest integrative biologists of the last century. If intellectual fitness is defined as the sustained impact of a scientist over time, then Bart’s fitness is exceptional. His most enduring impact is in the extraordinary number and quality his academic descendants. 3 Indeed, his academic prog- eny dominate integrative biology and related fields, as those of G. E. Hutchison and R. Lewontin have dominated ecology and evolutionary genetics, respectively. His impact is also evident in his personal research contributions to the sciences of inte- grative biology and physiological ecology. He, along with C. L. Prosser, K. Schmidt-Nielsen, and P. Scholander, defined the issues, dimensions, and goals of these fields. Also among Bart’s enduring legacies—and the focus of this article—are the fundamental insights found in his writing. Bart’s many papers contain pithy nuggets that synthesize the philosophical and intellectual basis of integrative science and do so in a few sentences of clear and elegant prose. At this sort of writing, Bart had no peer. Our purpose here is to collate and highlight a few of the essential quotations of George Bartholomew. We have not tried to be exhaustive but rather have chosen quotations that have had—and continue to have—a special impact on our own thinking and research. We have organized these into major themes and have followed them with our own brief annotations....
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