The Origins of Theoretical Population Genetics: With a New Afterword / Edition 2

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

History of Philosophy and Life Science
This reprint . . . will be welcome to all those who have used the book to introduce ourselves (first) and many generations of students to aspects of the evolutionary synthesis. Provine's text was written in a clear, lucid style that made the mathematical concepts  . . . as well as the evolutionary and genetic principles involved, understandable even to non-biology majors.

— Garland E. Allen

History of Philosophy and Life Science - Garland E. Allen

"This reprint . . . will be welcome to all those who have used the book to introduce ourselves (first) and many generations of students to aspects of the evolutionary synthesis. Provine's text was written in a clear, lucid style that made the mathematical concepts  . . . as well as the evolutionary and genetic principles involved, understandable even to non-biology majors."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226684635
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Chicago History of Science and Medicine Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,244,027
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection: The Reaction 1
Darwin's Theory 1
The Reaction 10
2 Background to the Conflict between Mendelians and Biometricians 25
Karl Pearson: A Sketch of His Early Life 26
Weldon, Pearson, and Biometry 29
William Bateson and Discontinuous Evolution 35
The Public Controversies 45
3 The Conflict between Mendelians and Biometricians 56
The Homotyposis Controversy 58
The Mutation Theory 64
Inheritance in Peas 70
Heredity in Mice 73
Mendelism and Biometry 80
Meeting of the British Association, 1904 85
Coat Color in Horses 87
The Effects of the Conflict 89
4 Darwinian Selection: The Controversy, 1900-1918 90
The Argument Against Darwinian Selection 91
The Proof and Explanation of the Effectiveness of Selection 108
5 Population Genetics: The Synthesis of Mendelism, Darwinism, and Biometry 130
Exploration of the Mathematical Consequences of Mendelian Heredity Before 1918 131
Ronald Alymer Fisher 140
Sewall Wright 154
J. B. S. Haldane 167
Conclusions 177
App Galton, Pearson, and the Law of Ancestral Heredity 179
Bibliography 189
Afterword 197
Index 207
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