Francis Galton's contribution to genetics

  title={Francis Galton's contribution to genetics},
  author={Ruth Schwartz Cowan},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • R. Cowan
  • Published 1972
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Biology
Francis Galton's role in the development of genetics has been somewhat puzzling to historians; they cannot understand why his contemporaries found his work so stimulating.' True, Galton believed that inheritance is particulate, dependent upon the behavior of large numbers of independent genetic units, but he was neither the first nor the most articulate advocate of that approach. The statistical techniques that he developed, regression and correlation, though useful now, were infrequently… Expand
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