John Wakeley


"I think the level of math is just right for an important audience: the biologist, who, though not necessarily well trained in mathematics, has a taste for mathematical argument and is willing to apply him/herself a bit to get through it.... The case studies are a terrific feature.... I think many biologists will be greatly buoyed by these, and motivated to think deeper about the models and how they can be analyzed."
    —Richard Hudson, University of Chicago

"John Wakeley's book impressively presents the fundamentals and advances of coalescent theory and marvelously bridges biology and mathematics. A must for everyone interested in ancestral population genetics."
    —Martin Moehle, University of Duesseldorf

"This is a clear and comprehensive presentation of one of the most difficult areas of genetic evolution. Students and teachers will welcome this accessible treatment."
    —Marcus Feldman, Stanford University

"The coalescent has come to dominate population genetics in recent years, and is widely applied to make sense of DNA sequence variation.  For the first time, Wakeley's book provides a clear and accessible account of this key subject, which takes the reader right up to the frontiers of current research.  It will be widely welcomed.”
    —Nick Barton, University of Edinburgh

“John Wakeley's book is a timely blessing for researchers who want to learn the basic principles and many applications of coalescent theory. The book’s careful progression of concepts and ideas, together with an excellent selection of examples from the current literature, will lead the reader to a stage where she can appreciate and carry out—with some confidence—current research on the applications of coalescent theory.”
    —Yuqun Luo, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

“This book is one of the few true bridges between mathematics and biology. Its crossing should be mandatory for everyone working in population genetics, whether biologist or mathematician.”
    —Ellen Baake, Bielefeld University


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