The analytic geometry of genetics: part I: the structure, function, and early evolution of Punnett squares

  title={The analytic geometry of genetics: part I: the structure, function, and early evolution of Punnett squares},
  author={William C. Wimsatt},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • W. Wimsatt
  • Published 15 May 2012
  • Psychology
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
A square tabular array was introduced by R. C. Punnett in (1907) to visualize systematically and economically the combination of gametes to make genotypes according to Mendel’s theory. This mode of representation evolved and rapidly became standardized as the canonical way of representing like problems in genetics. Its advantages over other contemporary methods are discussed, as are ways in which it evolved to increase its power and efficiency, and responded to changing theoretical perspectives… 
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