The Statistical Frame of Mind in Systematic Biology from "Quantitative Zoology to Biometry"

Journal of the History of Biology 36 (2):353 - 384 (2003)
The twentieth century witnessed a dramatic increase in the use of statistics by biologists, including systematists. The modern synthesis and new systematics stimulated this development, particularly after World War II. The rise of "the statistical frame of mind" resulted in a rethinking of the relationship between biological and mathematical points of view, the roles of objectivity and subjectivity in systematic research, the implications of new computing technologies, and the place of systematics among the biological disciplines.
Keywords biometry  computers  phylogeny  statistics  systematics
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