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Title Dreamers, visionaries, and revolutionaries in the life sciences / edited by Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Series Chicago scholarship online
Chicago scholarship online
Contents Introduction : Perchance to dream--fostering novelty in the life sciences / Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich -- Part I. The Evolutionists. 1. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck : biological visionary / Richard W. Burkhardt Jr. ; 2. Ernst Haeckel : a dream transformed / Robert J. Richards ; 3. Peter Kropotkin : anarchist, revolutionary, dreamer / Oren Harman -- Part II. The Medicalists. 4. Mary Lasker : citizen lobbyist for medical research / Kirsten E. Gardner ; 5. Jonas Salk : American hero, scientific outcast / Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs ; 6. The origins of "dynamic reciprocity" : Mina Bissell's expansive picture of cancer causation / Anya Plutynski -- Part III. The Molecularists. 7. W. Ford Doolittle : evolutionary provocations and a pluralistic vision / Maureen A. O'Malley ; 8. Collecting dreams in the molecular sciences : Margaret Dayhoff and The atlas of protein sequence and structure / Bruno J. Strasser ; 9. Neanderthals in space : George Church's modest steps toward possible futures / Luis Campos -- Part IV. The Ecologists. 10. From new alchemy to living machines : John Todd's dreams of ecological engineering / Michael R. Dietrich and Laura L. Lovett ; 11. Stephen Hubbell and the paramount power of randomness / Philippe Huneman ; 12. Rachel Carson : prophet for the environment / Janet Browne -- Part V. The Ethologists. 13. Jane Goodall : she dreamed of Tarzan / Dale Peterson ; 14. Francis Crick and the problem of consciousness / Rick Grush ; 15. David Sloan Wilson : visionary, idealist, ideologue / Mark E. Borrello -- Part VI. The Systematizers. 16. D'Arcy Thompson : archetypical visionary / Tim Horder ; 17. James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis : "a new look at life on earth" ... for the life and the earth sciences / S├ębastien Dutreuil ; 18. Big dreams for small creatures : Ilana and Eugene Rosenberg's path to the hologenome theory / Ehud Lamm -- Epilogue : The scientist dreamer / Joan Roughgarden
Summary Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences explores biologists who had grand ideas that went beyond the "run of the mill" science of their peers. Each of the eighteen figures featured in the book espoused science that was visionary, often threatening and destabilizing, sometimes fantastical or even quixotic. We argue that "dreamers" imagine and articulate newness: theories, models, methods, practices, or applications of science that represent changes of kind, not just degree. These changes are not revisions or refinements of an existing feature of a field; they are original additions that extend beyond what had constituted the boundary of the field, and are often the result of making daring, surprising connections between hitherto separate spheres. Novelty need not arrive to extricate a scientific community from a dead end, necessarily, or otherwise represent advances in the social relations of science. The wellspring of deep change is more pluralistic and more exciting than envisioned by Kuhn, and can only be excavated through careful contextual histories. Dreamers are a small minority of scientists and they are often perceived as radical, visionary, even revolutionary, exciting reactions spanning the gamut from ridicule to amazement, disbelief to ire
Analysis biography
life sciences
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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SUBJECT Science (Title) fast
Subject Biologists -- Biography
Scientists -- Biography.
Biology -- Biography
Science -- Biography
Biological Science Disciplines -- history
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Science & Technology.
NATURE -- Reference.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Biology.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- General.
Genre/Form collective biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Harman, Oren Solomon, editor
Dietrich, Michael R., editor
LC no. 2017057789
ISBN 9780226570075