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Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology

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This book is the first devoted to modern biology’s innovators and iconoclasts: men and women who challenged prevailing notions in their fields. Some of these scientists were Nobel Prize winners, some were considered cranks or gadflies, some were in fact wrong. The stories of these stubborn dissenters are individually fascinating. Taken together, they provide unparalleled insights into the role of dissent and controversy in science and especially the growth of biological thought over the past century.

 

Each of the book’s nineteen specially commissioned chapters offers a detailed portrait of the intellectual rebellion of a particular scientist working in a major area of biology: genetics, evolution, embryology, ecology, biochemistry, neurobiology, and virology as well as others. An introduction by the volume’s editors and an epilogue by R. C. Lewontin draw connections among the case studies and illuminate the nonconforming scientist’s crucial function of disturbing the comfort of those in the majority. By focusing on the dynamics and impact of dissent rather than on “winners” who are credited with scientific advances, the book presents a refreshingly original perspective on the history of the life sciences.

 

Scientists featured in this volume:

Alfred Russel Wallace 

Hans Driesch

Wilhelm Johannsen

Raymond Arthur Dart

C. D. Darlington

Richard Goldschmidt

Barbara McClintock

Oswald T. Avery

Roger Sperry

Leon Croizat

Vero Copner Wynne-Edwards

Peter Mitchell

Howard Temin

Motoo Kimura

William D. Hamilton

Carl Woese

Stephen Jay Gould

Thelma Rowell

Daniel S. Simberloff

About the Author

Oren Harman isand#160;associate professor, Graduate Program for Science, Technology and Society, Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel. Michael R. Dietrich is professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300116397
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
General science
Epilogue:
Lewontin, R. C.
Editor:
Dietrich, Michael
Editor:
Harman, Oren; Dietrich, Michael
Editor:
Harman, Oren
Contribution:
Dritschilo, William
Author:
Ruse, Michael
Author:
Segrestrale, Ullica
Author:
Saap, Jan
Author:
Hull, David
Author:
Tobias, Philip V.
Author:
Dietrich, Michael
Author:
Comfort, Nathaniel
Author:
Deichmann, Ute
Author:
Prebble, John
Author:
Weber, Bruce
Author:
Harman, Oren
Author:
Allen, Garland
Author:
Horder, Tim
Author:
Crow, James F.
Author:
Despret, Vinciane
Author:
Lewontin, R. C.
Author:
Sepkoski, David
Author:
Kevles, Daniel
Author:
Dritschilo, William
Author:
Borrello, Mark
Author:
Falk, Raphael
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Biologists
Subject:
Biology -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 b/w illus.
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 5.75 in 1.25 lb

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