Statistical Science

R. A. Fisher and Evolutionary Theory

Samuel Karlin

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Abstract

R. A. Fisher, apart from his fundamental contributions to statistical science, fostered many developments of theoretical evolutionary science. In commemoration of Fisher's birth centenary (1991), this paper highlights several of Fisher's interests in evolutionary processes. These include the "Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection," studies on the phenomenon of an even sex ratio in natural populations, the "runaway process" of sexual selection and models of polygenic inheritance. Some historical discussions and perspectives on evolutionary science and the Fisher legacy are also presented.

Article information

Source
Statist. Sci., Volume 7, Number 1 (1992), 13-33.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177011441

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/ss/1177011441

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1173415

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0955.01508

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links.jstor.org

Citation

Karlin, Samuel. R. A. Fisher and Evolutionary Theory. Statist. Sci. 7 (1992), no. 1, 13--33. doi:10.1214/ss/1177011441. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177011441


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