Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology (Hardback)
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Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 03/06/2008
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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 include: Alfred Russel Wallace; Peter Mitchell; Howard Temin; Motoo Kimura; William D. Hamilton; Carl Woese; Stephen Jay Gould; Daniel S. Simberloff; Oswald T. Avery; Leon Croizat; Vero Copner Wynne-Edwards; Hans Driesch Wilhelm Johannsen; Raymond Arthur Dart; C. D. Darlington; Richard Goldschmidt; Thelma Rowell; Barbara McClintock; and, Roger Sperry.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300116397
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 730 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
0;Excellent history presented in well-written chapters and an innovative approach to the history of science2;this volume makes an interesting read.1;2;Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University
-- Jane Maienschein
0;Readers will enjoy the opportunity to become acquainted with life scientists who made a difference and had an interesting life/career story. There is something for everybody in this volume.1;2;Everett Mendelsohn, Harvard University
-- Everett Mendelsohn
"Readers will enjoy the opportunity to become acquainted with life scientists who made a difference and had an interesting life/career story. There is something for everybody in this volume."--Everett Mendelsohn, Harvard University
--Everett Mendelsohn
"Excellent history presented in well-written chapters and an innovative approach to the history of science--this volume makes an interesting read."--Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University
--Jane Maienschein
Excellent history presented in well-written chapters and an innovative approach to the history of science this volume makes an interesting read. Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University
--Jane Maienschein"
Readers will enjoy the opportunity to become acquainted with life scientists who made a difference and had an interesting life/career story. There is something for everybody in this volume. Everett Mendelsohn, Harvard University
--Everett Mendelsohn"
"The inclusion of well-known as well as unknown scientists is one of the great strengths of this volume . . . it permits the authors . . . to examine how different personalities deal in different ways with the vicissitudes of challenging scientific orthodoxy.. ." Robert Root-Bernstein, JAMA--Robert Root-Bernstein "JAMA ""

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