Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 month ago

Why was math important for Mendel's convincing patterns in his experiments?

2 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Actually, mathematical analysis shows that it likely that Mendel fudged his data. Linkage would have thrown off his numbers, so he apparently cherry-picked the traits that were on different chromosomes. Seven traits, seven chromosomes. The odds of picking these traits randomly are only one in 7! (1/5040, for those of you unfamiliar with factorials). It's no wonder that he published in an obscure journal.

  • 1 month ago

    An obvious first idea would be to study human inheritance patterns directly, but ... circumstances to make some of the most important discoveries in biology. ... In addition, although we now see Mendel's mathematical approach to biology as 

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