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Attitudes to Soft Inheritance in Great Britain, 1930s-1970s (2011)


This chapter focuses on the attitudes toward the Lamarckian aspect of soft inheritance. It argues that there is little conflict between the evolutionary thinking of geneticists and of other biologists in Great Britain between the 1930s and the 1970s. First, it examines the renewed confidence in Darwin's gradualism and the dismissal of soft inheritance in British evolutionary thinking beginning in the 1930s and especially during the Second World War. Next, it examines the changing views and willingness to accept of soft-inheritance during the 1950s and early 1960s. Finally, the chapter describes how researches in molecular genetics influence evolutionists'views about soft inheritance.

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Book Gissis, Snait B.; Jablonka, Eva (2011) Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology. unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Gissis, Snait B.
Loison, Laurent
Suárez Díaz, Edna María
Aragón de la Cruz, Francisco
Dietrich, Michael R.
Skipper, Robert Alan, Jr.
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Journal of the History of Biology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Perspectives on Science
Science in Context
Archives of Natural History
Reaktion Books
Molecular evolution
Transmission of ideas
Darwin, Charles Robert
Haldane, John Burdon Sanderson
Wöhler, Friedrich
Oparin, Aleksandr
Kolbe, Hermann
Kimura, Motoo
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
20th century
18th century
Great Britain
London (England)
Royal College of Surgeons, London
Hunterian Museum (London)

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