Darwin’s Viewsof Chance
Aarhus University, ..
Charles H. Pence
@pencechp
 
Outline
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 Introduction
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 Darwin Before the
 Origin
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 Chance in the
 Origin
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 e later works:
 Orchids
 and
 Variation
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 A few moralse take-home: Darwin admitted several clear notions of ‘chance’ in his work – but always intended to contain and justify them in the context of a deterministic, Newtonianphilosophy of science.
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Book Project
 A Pompous Parade of Arithmetic:e Rise of Chance in Evolutionary eory 
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 Chance, Variation, and Charles Darwin
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 Galton and Weldons Early Statistical Work 
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 e Pearson-Weldon Collaboration
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 Biometry aer Mendel
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 One Route to the Modern Synthesis: Fisher and Wright
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 Another Path: J.B.S. Haldane
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If I am as muzzy on all subjects as I am onproportions & chance,—what a Book I shallproduce!
Darwin, letter to John Lubbock,  July 
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I fear you must take it as a fact that Darwin hadno liking for statistics.
Francis Galton, letter to Karl Pearson, July 
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