Abstract

Controversy abounds in mathematical population genetics. Some statements like Gh iselin’s (1972) are sweepingly naive: «The trouble with theoretical population genetics, now as always, is that so many of its basic premises are false.» Others reflect the vitality, creativity and arguments of an active science. E dwards (1971) would erect a grand tombstone to the concept of an adaptive surface. A «gene-less» population genetics is proposed by Lew ontin (1970). Leigh (1970) refers to population geneticists as «defenders of the Pope’s demography* and exhorts them to place populations in ecological context. Indeed the latter and much more is occurring. Classical population genetics is being transformed and a new theoretical population biology is emerging reflected by the work of Mac Arthur (1972), Levins (1968), May (1973), and collective efforts with editors Lewont in (1967), Moorhead and Kaplan (1967), Waddington (1968, 1969, 1970), Kojima (1970), and Greville (1972) to mention a few.

R. F Costantino

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 1, Madrid, Spain, 451–457, 1974
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