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Haldane, Mayr, and Beanbag Genetics.

By: Dronamraju, Krishna.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2010Description: 1 online resource (293 p.).ISBN: 9780199813346.Subject(s): Evolution | Evolutionary genetics -- History | Haldane, J. B. S. (John Burdon Sanderson), 1892-1964 | History, 20th Century | Mayr, Ernst, 1904-2005 | Population genetics -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Haldane, Mayr, and Beanbag GeneticsDDC classification: 576.5/8 | 576.58 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Introduction; 1 What Is Beanbag Genetics?; 2 Foundations of Population Genetics; 3 Time Line: J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964); 4 Time Line: Ernst Walter Mayr (1904-2005); 5 J.B.S. Haldane and Evolutionary Biology; 6 Ernst Mayr and Evolutionary Biology; 7 Evolution: The Modern Synthesis; 8 Summary; References; Appendix: Correspondence between J.B.S. Haldane and Ernst Mayr; Index
Summary: Haldane, Mayr, and Beanbag Genetics presents a summary of the classic exchange between two great biologists - J.B.S. Haldane and Ernst Mayr - regarding the value of the contributions of the mathematical school represented by J.B.S. Haldane, R.A. Fisher and S. Wright to the theory of evolution. Their pioneering contributions from 1918 to the 1960s dominated and shaped the field of population genetics, unique in the annals of science. In 1959, Mayr questioned what he regarded as the beanbag genetic approach of these pioneers to evolutionary theory, ""an input or output of genes, as the adding of
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Contents; Introduction; 1 What Is Beanbag Genetics?; 2 Foundations of Population Genetics; 3 Time Line: J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964); 4 Time Line: Ernst Walter Mayr (1904-2005); 5 J.B.S. Haldane and Evolutionary Biology; 6 Ernst Mayr and Evolutionary Biology; 7 Evolution: The Modern Synthesis; 8 Summary; References; Appendix: Correspondence between J.B.S. Haldane and Ernst Mayr; Index

Haldane, Mayr, and Beanbag Genetics presents a summary of the classic exchange between two great biologists - J.B.S. Haldane and Ernst Mayr - regarding the value of the contributions of the mathematical school represented by J.B.S. Haldane, R.A. Fisher and S. Wright to the theory of evolution. Their pioneering contributions from 1918 to the 1960s dominated and shaped the field of population genetics, unique in the annals of science. In 1959, Mayr questioned what he regarded as the beanbag genetic approach of these pioneers to evolutionary theory, ""an input or output of genes, as the adding of

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Ernst Mayr was perhaps the most important biologist of the previous century, and J. B. S. Haldane, less known now, made important contributions in many areas. Here, Dronamraju (president, Foundation for Genetic Research), a student of Haldane, has produced a history of a controversy between Haldane and Mayr, who once publicly dismissed "beanbag genetics." (Beanbag genetics considered random processes in heredity.) Haldane published a defense. There is some truth on both sides. Haldane realized that genes do not act independently of the organism, and his defense made clear that population genetics, much of it a study of random processes, had made essential contributions to evolutionary thought. This thoroughly documented book discusses the history of evolutionary ideas over the 20th century, dealing with most of the important figures, such as R. A. Fisher, Theodosius Dobzhansky, and Sewall Wright. It includes reproductions of 48 pertinent letters, mostly between the two principals. However, the book is repetitious and could have been shortened without losing anything essential. There are also a few typos, and the book could have used headings more intelligently. Of value to collections in the history of biology, particularly the history of genetics, and of evolutionary thought. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. LaBar emeritus, Southern Wesleyan University

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Krishna Dronamraju is President of the Foundation for Genetic Research, in Houston, Texas. His publications include 17 books and over 200 research papers in genetics, biotechnology and history of science. A former student and colleague of J.B.S. Haldane, he is a Visiting Professor of the University of Paris and a nominee for the Nobel Prize.

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