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Beyond Mendelism and Biometry

Shan, Yafeng (2021) Beyond Mendelism and Biometry. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Historiographical analyses of the development of genetics in the first decade of the 20th century have been to a
great extent framed in the context of the Mendelian-Biometrician controversy. Much has been discussed on the
nature, origin, development, and legacy of the controversy. However, such a framework is becoming less useful and fruitful. This paper challenges the traditional historiography framed by the Mendelian-Biometrician distinction. It argues that the Mendelian-Biometrician distinction fails to reflect the theoretical and methodological diversity in the controversy. It also argues that the Mendelian-Biometrician distinction is not helpful to make a full understanding of the development of genetics in the first decade of the twentieth century.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Shan, Yafengy.shan@kent.ac.uk0000-0001-7736-1822
Keywords: Mendelism, Biometry, historiography of genetics, paradigm, heredity, variation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Dr Yafeng Shan
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2021 12:19
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 12:19
Item ID: 19498
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.08.014
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 26 August 2021
Page Range: pp. 155-163
Volume: 89
ISSN: 00393681
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19498

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