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Book Title: Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology|
The author of the book: Oren Harman
ISBN 13: 9780300158458
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 17.57 MB
Edition: Yale University Press
Date of issue: September 1st 2009
Read full description of the books Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology: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
Raymond Arthur Dart
C. D. Darlington
Oswald T. Avery
Vero Copner Wynne-Edwards
William D. Hamilton
Stephen Jay Gould
Daniel S. Simberloff
Read information about the authorOren Harman, who has a doctorate from Oxford University, is the Chair of the Graduate Program in Science Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University and a professor of the history of science. He is the author of The Man Who Invented the Chromosome, a documentary film maker, and a frequent contributor to The New Republic. He lives in Tel Aviv and New York.
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