Patterns and Stages in the Careers of Experimental Scientists
By (author) Frederic Lawrence Holmes
Foreword by Tomas Venclova
Afterword by Jed Z. Buchwald
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Investigative Pathways by Frederic Lawrence Holmes
Book DescriptionThis fascinating book is an investigation of scientific creativity. Following the research pathways of outstanding scientists over the past three centuries, it finds common features in their careers and their landmark discoveries and sheds light on the nature of long-term experimental research. Frederic Lawrence Holmes begins by discussing various approaches to the historical study of scientific practice. He then explains three kinds of analysis of the individual scientific life: broad-scale, which examines the phases of a scientist's career--apprenticeship, mastery, distinction, and maturity--over a lifetime; middle-scale, which explores the episodes within such a career; and fine-scale, which scrutinizes laboratory notebooks and other data to focus on the daily interplay between thought and operation. Using these analyses, Holmes presents rich examples from his studies of six preeminent scientists: Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, Claude Bernard, Hans Krebs, Matthew Meselson, Franklin Stahl, and Seymour Benzer. The similar themes that he finds in their work and careers lead him to valuable insights into enduring issues and problems in understanding the scientific process.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300100754
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Frederic Lawrence Holmes
Meselson, Stahl and the Replication of DNA, Hardback (January 2002)
In 1957 two young scientists produced an experiment confirming that DNA replicates as predicted by the double helix structure Watson and Cricks had proposed. This text reconstructs the complex route that led to the experiment and provides an inside view of day-to-day scientific research.
Hans Krebs, Hardback (April 1993)» View all books by Frederic Lawrence Holmes
This second and final volume of the biography of Hans Krebs covers his early years in England, 1933-1937, when he laid the foundations of our modern understanding of intermediary metabolism.
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Author Biography - Frederic Lawrence Holmes
Frederic Lawrence Holmes was professor emeritus of the history of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.
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