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Numerical Taxonomy

Volume 1 of the series NATO ASI Series pp 600-619

Computers in Systematics: One Perspective

  • Joseph FelsensteinAffiliated withDepartment of Genetics, University of Washington

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Abstract

Any field of scientific endeavor is affected by technological innovations. Systematics has in turn been transformed by the sailing ship and the compound microscope, and is just beginning to be transformed by the technology of molecular biology. I believe that the computer is another of these revolutionary technologies, and that the time has come for systematists to make a serious study of the state of this technology, and what can be done with it.