Book ID: CBB690653221

Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences (2018)


Harman, Oren (Editor)
Dietrich, Michael R. (Editor)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 336 pages
Language: English

What are the conditions that foster true novelty and allow visionaries to set their eyes on unknown horizons? What have been the challenges that have spawned new innovations, and how have they shaped modern biology? In Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences, editors Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich explore these questions through the lives of eighteen exemplary biologists who had grand and often radical ideas that went far beyond the run-of-the-mill science of their peers.   From the Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, who coined the word “biology” in the early nineteenth century, to the American James Lovelock, for whom the Earth is a living, breathing organism, these dreamers innovated in ways that forced their contemporaries to reexamine comfortable truths. With this collection readers will follow Jane Goodall into the hidden world of apes in African jungles and Francis Crick as he attacks the problem of consciousness. Join Mary Lasker on her campaign to conquer cancer and follow geneticist George Church as he dreams of bringing back woolly mammoths and Neanderthals. In these lives and the many others featured in these pages, we discover visions that were sometimes fantastical, quixotic, and even threatening and destabilizing, but always a challenge to the status quo.

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Review Siddharth Satishchandran (2020) Review of "Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences". Journal of the History of Biology (pp. 659-661). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Pan, Mei-Ling
Rizhinashvili, Alexandra
Natali Valdez
Lang, Birgit
Tsai, Yu-Yueh
Tessa Moll
Social Studies of Science
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Science as Culture
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Journal of the History of Biology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
University of Pittsburgh Press
National Chiao Tung University Press
University of Chicago Press
Princeton University Press
Manchester University Press
Life sciences
Revolutions in science
Science and technology studies (STS)
Vanini, Giulio Cesare
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Licklider, Joseph C. R.
Krafft-Ebing, Richard von
Galilei, Galileo
Freud, Sigmund
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
Early modern
17th century
Great Britain
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
United States
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