Article ID: CBB001220957

Helical Biography and the Historical Craft: The Case of Altruism and George Price (2011)


Harman, Oren (Author)

Journal of the History of Biology
Volume: 44
Pages: 671--691

Publication Date: 2011
Edition Details: Part of a special issue: “Scientific Biography: A Many Faced Art Form”
Language: English

The life of George Price (1922--1975), the eccentric polymath genius and father of the Price equation, is used as a prism and counterpoint through which to consider an age-old evolutionary conundrum: the origins of altruism. This biographical project, and biography and history more generally, are considered in terms of the possibility of using form to convey content in particular ways. Closer to an art form than a science, this approach to scholarship presents both a unique challenge and promise.

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Article Harman, Oren (2011) Introduction to the Special Issue---“Scientific Biography: A Many Faced Art Form”. Journal of the History of Biology (p. 607). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Dugatkin, Lee Alan
Comfort, Nathaniel C.
Demuz, Inna
Grodwohl, Jean-Baptiste
Borodai, Iryna
Jeler, Ciprian
Journal of the History of Biology
Biology and Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
University of Pittsburgh Press
Princeton University Press
Oxford University Press
Harvard University Press
Galton Institute
Historical method
Hamilton, William Donald
Darwin, Charles Robert
Price, George Robert
McClintock, Barbara
Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
London (England)

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