Reference numberRR/16/88
TitleReferee's report by Percy Alexander MacMahon, on a paper 'On a generalised Theory of Alternative Inheritance with special reference to Mendel's Laws' by Karl Pearson
Date22 November 1903
DescriptionSectional Committee: [Mathematics]

Not recommended for publication in Philosophical Transactions. From a mathematical point of view the paper consists of the application of well known mathematical methods to the working out of certain assumed, but admittedly doubtful, physiological hypotheses. Feels sure there is value in this research as a test by actual numbers of the truth of a certain hypothesis although the test fails in some considerable measure to establish the hypothesis. The paper should be published in some scientific periodical, but not the 'Philosophical Transactions'. Gives an example of the mathematical notation being antiquated and thinks this ought to be altered.

[Published in the Philosophical Transactions A, 1904].

Endorsed on verso as received 23 November 1903.
Physical descriptionLetter on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rsta.1904.0015 Vol.203 1904
Related records in the catalogueRR/16/89
Fellows associated with this archive
NA6982MacMahon; Percy Alexander (1854 - 1929)1854 - 1929
NA8002Pearson; Karl (1857 - 1936); statistician and eugenicist1857 - 1936
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