Mayr, mathematics and the study of evolution
Genetics Laboratory, University of Wisconsin, 425 G Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706-1574, USA
Journal of Biology 2009, 8:13 doi:10.1186/jbiol117Published: 23 February 2009
In 1959 Ernst Mayr challenged the relevance of mathematical models to evolutionary studies and was answered by JBS Haldane in a witty and convincing essay. Fifty years on, I conclude that the importance of mathematics has in fact increased and will continue to do so.