Haldane, Mayr, and Beanbag Genetics

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Acknowledgments

I am pleased to express my gratitude to the late Ernst Mayr, who graciously gave me permission to reproduce his letters shortly before his death in 2005. I am also grateful to Prof. N.A. Mitchison and Lois Mitchison, J.B.S. Haldane’s nephew and niece, respectively, for permitting me to reproduce Haldane’s writings in my books and papers published over several years.

Prof. Walter Bock, a close pupil of Mayr’s, has kindly provided much information about Mayr’s life and work and was especially helpful in preparing the time line of Mayr.

I am most grateful to Gillian Furlong, librarian at University College, London, for help with the J.B.S. Haldane archives, and to Clark A. Elliott, Associate Curator of Harvard University archives, for help with the Ernst Mayr archives. Furthermore, the Rockefeller University archives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, and the Wellcome Trust library in London have been helpful in providing valuable archival information.

It is a pleasure to acknowledge Michele Wambaugh’s warm support, encouragement, and assistance while I was writing the book.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 - What Is Beanbag Genetics? 3
  • 2 - Foundations of Population Genetics 45
  • 3 - Time Line- J.B.S. Haldane (1892–1964) 88
  • 4 - Time Line- Ernst Walter Mayr (1904–2005) 100
  • 5 - J.B.S. Haldane and Evolutionary Biology 113
  • 6 - Ernst Mayr and Evolutionary Biology 126
  • 7 - Evolution- The Modern Synthesis 145
  • 8 - Summary 171
  • References 187
  • Appendix 199
  • Index 271
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