The Origins of Theoretical Population Genetics: With a New Afterword

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University of Chicago Press, 2001 - Science - 211 pages
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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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Contents

Darwins Theory of Natural Selection The Reaction
1
THE REACTION
10
Thomas H Huxley and Natura non facit Saltum
11
Francis Galton Regression and Discontinuous Evolution
14
Background to the Conflict between Mendelians and Biometricians
25
WELDON PEARSON AND BIOMETRY
29
WILLIAM BATESON AND DISCONTINUOUS EVOLUTION
35
THE PUBLIC CONTROVERSIES
45
Raymond Pearl and Pure Lines
104
Criticism of the Pure Line Theory
105
THE PROOF AND EXPLANATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SELECTION
108
William Ernest Castle and Selection Theory
109
The Multiple Factor Theory
114
Thomas Hunt Morgan and Variation for Evolution
120
Pure Line Theory and Selection
122
Morgans Theory of Evolution
125

The Struggle over the Evolution Committee
48
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
Darwinian Selection The Controversy 19001918
90
THE ARGUMENT AGAINST DARWINIAN SELECTION
91
Wilhelm Johannsens Pure Line Theory
92
Criticism of Johannsens Pure Line Theory
96
Castle and the Selection Problem
126
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
Galton Pearson and the Law of Ancestral Heredity
179
Bibliography
189
Afterword
197
Index
207
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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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