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Haldane and Mayr: a response to Rao and Nanjundiah (2016)


The discussion with Rao and Nanjundiah about the history of interactions between J. B. S. Haldane and Ernst Mayr is further extended in this note. The nature of the dispute about beanbag genetics is explicated as consisting of two separate issues, one about the role of mathematical analysis in evolutionary biology, and the other about the value of single-locus genic models.

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Authors & Contributors
Rao, Veena
Nanjundiah, Vidyanand
Sarkar, Sahotra
Koepsell, David R.
Donnelley, Strachan
Ariew, André
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal
Biology and Philosophy
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Open Court
Rutgers University Press
Cambridge University Press
American Philosophical Society
Oxford University Press
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Philosophy of science
Population genetics
Science and society
Mayr, Ernst
Haldane, John Burdon Sanderson
Jonas, Hans
Dennett, Daniel Clement
Jacob, François
Fisher, Ronald Aylmer
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
Great Britain
United States

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