Historical Background

  • Warren J. Ewens
Part of the Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics book series (IAM, volume 27)


Population genetics theory was initially developed, in the 1920’s and 1930’s, by Fisher, Haldane and Wright, and current theory still bears the imprint of the work of these three great masters. Indeed, so fundamental was their contribution that even today, it is difficult to move forward from the paradigms that they introduced. Such a move forward is, however, necessary, especially because of the availability of data from the human genome project and other genome projects, and the need to analyze these data using population genetic theory methods.


Effective Population Size Random Mating Historical Background Additive Genetic Variance Darwinian Theory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Warren J. Ewens
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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