Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy

Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy

by Allan Franklin, A.W.F. Edwards, Daniel J. Fairbanks, Daniel L. Hartl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822959860

ISBN-13: 9780822959861

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

In 1865, Gregor Mendel presented “Experiments in Plant-Hybridization,” the results of his eight-year study of the principles of inheritance through experimentation with pea plants. Overlooked in its day, Mendel's work would later become the foundation of modern genetics. Did his pioneering research follow the rigors of real scientific inquiry, or was

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In 1865, Gregor Mendel presented “Experiments in Plant-Hybridization,” the results of his eight-year study of the principles of inheritance through experimentation with pea plants. Overlooked in its day, Mendel's work would later become the foundation of modern genetics. Did his pioneering research follow the rigors of real scientific inquiry, or was Mendel's data too good to be true-the product of doctored statistics? 

In Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy, leading experts present their conclusions on the legendary controversy surrounding the challenge to Mendel's findings by British statistician and biologist R. A. Fisher. In his 1936 paper “Has Mendel's Work Been Rediscovered?” Fisher suggested that Mendel's data could have been falsified in order to support his expectations. Fisher attributed the falsification to an unknown assistant of Mendel's. At the time, Fisher's criticism did not receive wide attention. Yet beginning in 1964, about the time of the centenary of Mendel's paper, scholars began to publicly discuss whether Fisher had successfully proven that Mendel's data was falsified. Since that time, numerous articles, letters, and comments have been published on the controversy.

This self-contained volume includes everything the reader will need to know about the subject: an overview of the controversy; the original papers of Mendel and Fisher; four of the most important papers on the debate; and new updates, by the authors, of the latter four papers. Taken together, the authors contend, these voices argue for an end to the controversy-making this book the definitive last word on the subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822959861
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Mendel-Fisher Controversy: An Overview Allan Franklin Franklin, Allan 1

Ch. 2 Experiments in Plant Hybridisation Gregor Mendel Mendel, Gregor 78

Ch. 3 Has Mendel's Work Been Rediscovered? R. A. Fisher Fisher, R. A. 117

Ch. 4 Are Mendel's Results Really Too Close? A. W. F. Edwards Edwards, A. W. F. 141

Postscript To Ch. 4 Alternative Hypotheses and Fisher's The Design of Experiments A. W. F. Edwards Edwards, A. W. F. 164

Ch. 5 Controversies in the Interpretation of Mendel's Discovery Vitezslav Orel Orel, Vitezslav Daniel L. Hartl Hartl, Daniel L. 167

Postscript To Ch. 5 Amiable Wright and Suspicious Fisher on Mendel's "Personal Equation" Daniel L. Hartl Hartl, Daniel L. 208

Ch. 6 P's in a Pod: Some Recipes for Cooking Mendel's Data Teddy Seidenfeld Seidenfeld, Teddy 215

Postscript To Ch. 6 A Brief Account of a Trial Conducted at Pillsbury Labs, 2000-2001 Teddy Seidenfeld Seidenfeld, Teddy 258

Ch. 7 Mendelian Controversies: A Botanical and Historical Review Daniel J. Fairbanks Fairbanks, Daniel J. Bryce Rytting Rytting, Bryce 264

Postscript To Ch. 7 Mendelian Controversies: An Update Daniel J. Fairbanks Fairbanks, Daniel J. 302

App Probability, the Binomial Distribution, and Chi-square Analysis Daniel J. Fairbanks Fairbanks, Daniel J. 313

List of Contributors 325

Index 327

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