AN article by Sir Oliver Lodge, dealing with the extracts from the Hooker Lecture on “The Origin of Adaptations” which were published in NATURE for June 1 (p. 841), appears in the issue for June 29 (p. 982). It is very gratifying that the lecture has aroused the interest of so distinguished a physicist, and I can assure him that all biologists will welcome his intervention and value the analysis of their problems to which he has given expression. With much of his article I am in full agreement, and for the rest, two quotations will perhaps most briefly make my position clear. The first has appeared on the title-page of every issue of NATURE since its first number was printed in 1869:
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ALLEN, E. The Origin of Variations. Nature 124, 128 (1929). https://doi.org/10.1038/124128b0
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