Article ID: CBB000954439

Science Studies and Mendel's Paradigm (2010)


Steve Fuller has argued that a scientific discovery will not be recognized unless it can be justified within the history of the relevant science. He cites Mendel's work on genetics, which was not recognized until thirty-five years after its publication, as an example. This essay argues that Mendel's work comes out of the tradition of work by both agricultural breeders and academics in nineteenth century Austria. Thus, Fuller is mistaken, and one must look elsewhere for the neglect of Mendel's work. This essay also places Mendel's work within the philosophy of Jan Comenius, whose work was very likely known to Mendel.


Description Taking issue with a comment by Steven Fuller, the article seeks to understand who ignored Mendel's work on genetics and why.

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Authors & Contributors
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
Tudge, Colin
Kemp, Martin
Edelson, Edward
Carlson, Elof Axel
Allen, Garland E.
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Science and Education
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Jonathan Cape
Oxford University Press
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Trafford Publishing
Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft
Mendel's law
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Darwin, Charles Robert
Correns, Carl Erich
Galton, Francis
Kölreuter, Joseph Gottlieb
Linnaeus, Carolus
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
17th century
20th century, early
21st century
Great Britain
Soviet Union
United States
Royal Society of London
Genetics Society of America
Cambridge University

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