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Alex Aylward: “On reading a book of two halves: A long history of The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection”

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  • UserAlex Aylward, Departmental Lecturer in the History of Science, Faculty of History, University of Oxford World_link
  • ClockThursday 21 April 2022, 10:10-11:10
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R. A. Fisher’s ‘The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection (1930)’ is among the most celebrated and influential works in modern evolutionary thought. Its final five chapters on eugenics, meanwhile, are notorious. This talk takes a long view, following the book through its writing, publication, reception, and longer legacies. In particular, I’ll ask how author and readers understood and negotiated the relationship between the book’s ‘scientific’ and ‘eugenical’ halves.

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This talk is part of the Fisher in the 21st Century series.

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