Math in the Natural Sciences

Math in Biology

What is Fisher’s fundamental theorem of natural selection?

Evolutionary biologist, geneticist, and statistician Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (1890–1962) first proposed Fisher’s fundamental theorem of natural selection in 1930. A mathematical concept, it states that the rate of evolutionary change in a population is proportional to the amount of genetic diversity available. He is also often credited with creating the foundations for modern statistical science.


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