Varieties as incipient species: Darwin's numerical analysis

  title={Varieties as incipient species: Darwin's numerical analysis},
  author={K. Parshall},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • K. Parshall
  • Published 1982
  • Journal of the History of Biology
Charles Darwin claimed but little aptitude for mathematics. In his autobiography he lamented: "I attempted mathematics, and even went during the summer of 1828 with a private tutor (a very dull man) to Barmouth, but I got on very slowly. The work was repugnant to me, chiefly from my not being able to see any meaning in the early steps of algebra."' Thus, although it seems highly unlikely that the name Darwin will ever be associated with the phrase "numerical analysis,"2 Darwin worked most… Expand
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