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The Origins of Theoretical Population Genetics

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Tracing the development of population genetics through the writings of such luminaries as Darwin, Galton, Pearson, Fisher, Haldane, and Wright, William B. Provine sheds light on this complex field as well as its bearing on other branches of biology." A challenging, carefully constructed interpretive essay about a relatively uncharted field. Provine has organized in a provocative and manageable fashion a wealth of material. . . . He has done us an invaluable service by steering us down the road to a genuine intellectual history of genetics."--Frederick B. Churchill, Isis"An informative and very readable account."--Francisco J. Ayala, American Scientist"A scholarly, professional account of the short and sometimes stormy history of biometrical and population genetics. The author is a historian of science, clearly well-versed in historical methods, who also has an understanding of the biological and mathematical issues involved. . . . I enjoyed this book thoroughly and gained several new insights."--James F. Crow, American Journal of Human Genetics

Synopsis:

Tracing the development of population genetics through the writings of such luminaries as Darwin, Galton, Pearson, Fisher, Haldane, and Wright, William B. Provine sheds light on this complex field as well as its bearing on other branches of biology. In a new afterword that is sure to stir discussion and controversy, Provine discusses how his beliefs about evolutionary biology have changed radically in the past 30 years. He examines the ten major assumptions in the field that were current when the book was first published and then, point- by -point, argues against them in light of more recent research. The result is a work that is at once imbued with new life and yet remains the definitive short history of a major development in modern biology.

Synopsis:

Tracing the development of population genetics through the writings of such luminaries as Darwin, Galton, Pearson, Fisher, Haldane, and Wright, William B. Provine sheds light on this complex field as well as its bearing on other branches of biology.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references and index.

About the Author

William B. Provine is the C. A. Alexander Professor of Biological Sciences at Cornell University. He is the author of Sewall Wright and Evolutionary Biology and the editor of Evolution: Selected Papers by Sewall Wright, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

1. DARWIN'S THEORY OF NATURAL SELECTION: THE RE-

ACTION

DARWIN'S THEORY

THE REACTION

2. BACKGROUND TO THE CONFLICT BETWEEN MENDELIANS

AND BIOMETRICIANS

KARL PEARSON: A SKETCH OF HIS EARLY LIFE

WELDON, PEARSON, AND BIOMETRY

WILLIAM BATESON AND DISCONTINUOUS EVOLUTION

THE PUBLIC CONTROVERSIES

3. THE CONFLICT BETWEEN MENDELIANS AND BIOMETRI-

CIANS

THE HOMOTYPOSIS CONTROVERSY

THE MUTATION THEORY

INHERITANCE IN PEAS

HEREDITY IN MICE

MENDELISM AND BIOMETRY

MEETING OF THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION, 1904

COAT COLOR IN HORSES

THE EFFECTS OF THE CONFLICT

4. DARWINIAN SELECTION: THE CONTROVERSY, 1900-1918

THE ARGUMENT AGAINST DARWINIAN SELECTION

THE PROOF AND EXPLANATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS

OF SELECTION

5. POPULATION GENETICS: THE SYNTHESIS OF MENDELISM,

DARWINISM, AND BIOMETRY

EXPLORATION OF THE MATHEMATICAL CONSEQUENCES

OF MENDELIAN HEREDITY BEFORE 1918

RONALD ALYMER FISHER

SEWALL WRIGHT

J.B.S. HALDANE

CONCLUSIONS

APPENDIX: GALTON, PEARSON, AND THE LAW OF ANCESTRAL

HEREDITY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

AFTERWORD

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226684642
Author:
Provine, William B.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
History
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Population genetics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Population genetics -- History.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago History of Science & Medicine
Series Volume:
SB-116
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Tracing the development of population genetics through the writings of such luminaries as Darwin, Galton, Pearson, Fisher, Haldane, and Wright, William B. Provine sheds light on this complex field as well as its bearing on other branches of biology. In a new afterword that is sure to stir discussion and controversy, Provine discusses how his beliefs about evolutionary biology have changed radically in the past 30 years. He examines the ten major assumptions in the field that were current when the book was first published and then, point- by -point, argues against them in light of more recent research. The result is a work that is at once imbued with new life and yet remains the definitive short history of a major development in modern biology.
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Tracing the development of population genetics through the writings of such luminaries as Darwin, Galton, Pearson, Fisher, Haldane, and Wright, William B. Provine sheds light on this complex field as well as its bearing on other branches of biology.

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