Making Sense of Life
Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines
By (author) Evelyn Fox Keller
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Making Sense of Life by Evelyn Fox Keller
Book DescriptionWhat do biologists want? If, unlike their counterparts in physics, biologists are generally wary of a grand, overarching theory, at what kinds of explanation do biologists aim? How will we know when we have "made sense" of life? Such questions, Evelyn Fox Keller suggests, have no simple answers. Explanations in the biological sciences are typically provisional and partial, judged by criteria as heterogeneous as their subject matter. It is Keller's aim in this book to account for this epistemological diversity - particularly in the discipline of developmental biology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674012509
(210mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Evelyn Fox Keller
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)
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.
Secrets of Life, Secrets of Death, Paperback (March 1993)» View all books by Evelyn Fox Keller
The essays included here represent Fox Keller's attempts to integrate the insights of feminist theory with those of her contemporaries in the history and philosophy of science.
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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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