Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-ix
  2. W. J. Ewens
    Pages 1-9
  3. W. J. Ewens
    Pages 10-18
  4. W. J. Ewens
    Pages 46-55
  5. W. J. Ewens
    Pages 56-78
  6. W. J. Ewens
    Pages 90-100
  7. W. J. Ewens
    Pages 101-120
  8. W. J. Ewens
    Pages 121-130
  9. W. J. Ewens
    Pages 131-134
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 135-147

About this book

Introduction

Population genetics is the mathematical investigation of the changes in the genetic structure of populations brought about by selection, mutation, inbreeding, migration, and other phenomena, together with those random changes deriving from chance events. These changes are the basic components of evolutionary progress, and an understanding of their effect is therefore necessary for an informed discussion of the reasons for and nature of evolution. It would, however, be wrong to pretend that a mathematical theory, depending as it must on a large number of simplifying assump­ tions, should be accepted unreservedly and that its conclusions should be accepted uncritically. No-one would pretend that in the event of disagreement between observation and mathematical prediction, the discrepancy is due to anything other than the inadequacy of the mathematical treatment. The biological world is, of course, far too complex for the study of population genetics to be simply a branch of applied mathematics, so that while we are concerned here with the mathematical theory, I have tried to indicate which of our results should continue to apply in a context wider than that in which they are formally derived. The difficulties involved in the joint discussions of mathematical and genetical problems are obvious enough. I have tried to aim this book rather more at the mathematician than at the geneticist, and for this reason a brief glossary of common genetical terms is included.

Keywords

genetics population genetics

Authors and affiliations

  • W. J. Ewens
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-3355-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1968
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3357-2
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