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6 The Context of our Approach

Figure 1.7 summarizes the main streams of the intellectual tradition which converge to yield the ideas and methods we shall be discussing here.

Figure 1.7: Diagram of the intellectual traditions leading to modern mathematical genetic methodology.

The streams divide and merge again at several places. The picture is not intended to be a comprehensive history of statistical or behavioral genetics, so a number of people whose work is extremely important to both disciplines are not mentioned. Rather, it tries to capture the main lines of thought and the ``cast of characters'' who have been especially influential in our own intellectual development. Not all of us would give the same weight to all the lines of descent.


Jeff Lessem 2002-03-21