The Century of the Gene
By (author) Evelyn Fox Keller
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Century of the Gene by Evelyn Fox Keller
Book DescriptionIn a book that promises to change the way we think and talk about genes and genetic determinism, Evelyn Fox Keller, one of our most gifted historians and philosphers of science, provides a powerful, profound analysis of the achievements of genetics and molecular biology in the 20th century, the century of the gene. Not just a chronicle of biology's progress from gene to genome in 100 years, "The Century of the Gene" also calls attention to the surprising ways these advances challenge the familiar picture of the gene most of us still entertain. Keller shows us that the very successes that have stirred our imagination have also radically undermined the primacy of the gene - word and object - as the core explanatory concept of heredity and development. She argues that we need a new vocabulary that includes concepts such as robustness, fidelity and evolvability. But more than a new vocabulary, a new awareness is absolutely crucial: that understanding the components of a system (be they individual genes, proteins or even molecules) may tell us little about the interactions among these components. With the Human Genome Project nearing it first and most publicized goal, biologists are coming to realize that they have reached not the end of biology but the beginning of a new era. Indeed, Keller predicts that in the new century we will witness another Cambrian era, this time in new forms of biological thought rather than in new forms of biological life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674008250
(210mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Evelyn Fox Keller
Making Sense of Life, Paperback (November 2003)
What do biologists want? How will we know when we have 'made sense' of life? Explanations in the biological sciences are provisional and partial, judged by criteria as heterogenous as their subject matter. This text accounts for this diversity.
Refiguring Life, Paperback (August 1996)
This text continues the author's study of how "scientific technique is both contributor to and product of discourse". It focuses on gender, and in particular, analyzes how the metaphors of information and communication technology affect biological research, especially in the field of genetics.
Feminism and Science, Paperback (April 1996)
Over the past two decades, feminist theory has raised a number of important questions about the content, practice and traditional goals of science. This volume contains articles reflecting the diversity of contemporary feminist thought on the sciences.
Keywords in Evolutionary Biology, Paperback (November 1994)» View all books by Evelyn Fox Keller
Written by renowned historians, philosophers and biologists, this collection of essays identify and clarify the meaning of terms in evolutionary biology which, though commonly used, possess complex concurrent and historically varying meanings.
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Author Biography - Evelyn Fox Keller
Evelyn Fox Keller is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at MIT. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and numerous honorary degrees.
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