Reference numberRR/15/229
TitleReferee's report by George Howard Darwin and abstract proof of a paper 'Mathematical contributions to the theory of evolution. XI. On the influence of natural selection on the variability and correlation of organs' by Karl Pearson
Date27 January 1902
DescriptionSectional Committee: Mathematics

Recommended for publication in Philosophical Transactions, in full. The problem that the author attacks is certainly important in the theory of the effects of selection. The mathematical processes involved in obtaining the laws 'terribly tedious' though undoubtedly necessary. Wonders if so many hypothetical illustrations are necessary. It might be possible to diminish the bulk of the paper, which forms part of a very long series printed by the Society.

Discusses a puzzling section [annotated in pencil on the proof of the paper's abstract] which requires amplification and clarification. All the accompanying illustrations should be reproduced. He has remarked several times in reports on these papers that he does not think he is a good referee for the purpose, and he continues to adhere to this view.

[Published in Philosophical Transactions A, 1903].

Endorsed on verso as received 29 January 1902.
Physical descriptionStandardised form (type A) and proof on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rsta.1903.0001
Related records in the catalogueRR/15/230
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8198Darwin; Sir; George Howard (1845 - 1912)1845 - 1912
NA8002Pearson; Karl (1857 - 1936); statistician and eugenicist1857 - 1936
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