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01 Nov
The Dept of History and Philosophy of Science Presents Theodore Porter (UCLA)
Event Type

Lectures, Symposia, Etc.

Topic

Humanities

Target Audience

Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs

Website

https://www.hps.pitt.edu/

University Unit
Department of Philosophy, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
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The Dept of History and Philosophy of Science Presents Theodore Porter (UCLA)

"Data and Degeneration: Shifting Meanings of a Hereditary Table”
Theodore M. Porter (UCLA)

Abstract: Early in the twentieth century, the pedigree table became the classic tool for storing and communicating data on human heredity. Some but not all of these pedigrees were given as examples of Mendelian genetics. Certainly, this was not possible for the prototype of the genre, created in Norway in 1859. This talk shows how Ludvig Dahl's Norwegian data changed its meaning as it was taken up in two reference publications, the Treasury of Human Inheritance and the catalogue of the Dresden Hygiene Exhibition. The talk draws from my book Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity (2018) but presents new material to support an original argument.

Friday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cathedral of Learning, 1008
Fifth Ave at Bigelow, Pittsburgh, 15213