Science as Autobiography
The Troubled Life of Niels Jern
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Science as Autobiography by Thomas Soderqvist
Book DescriptionThis biography probes the unusual mind, the dramatic life, and the outstanding scientific work of Danish-born immunologist Niels Jerne (1911--1994). Jerne's Nobel Prize-winning achievements in the field of immunology place him in the pantheon of great twentieth-century biomedical theorists, yet his life is perhaps even more interesting than his science. Science as Autobiography tells Jerne's story, weaving together a narrative of his life experiences, emotional life, and extraordinarily creative scientific work. A legendary figure who preferred an afternoon of conversation in a Paris wine bar to work in the laboratory, Jerne was renowned for his unparalleled powers of concentration and analytical keenness as well as his dissonant personal life. The book explores Jerne the man and scientist, making the fascinating argument that his life experience and view of himself became a metaphorical resource for the construction of his theories. The book also probes the moral issues that surrounded Jerne's choice to sacrifice his family in favor of scientific goals and the pursuit of excellence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300094411
(235mm x 156mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas Soderqvist
Historiography of Contemporary Science, Technology, and Medicine, Paperback (September 2006)
As historians turn to work on post-1945 science, there has been growing debates about the historiographical problems associated with the history of contemporary science. Bringing together authorities on the historiography and methodology of contemporary science, this book reviews the problems facing historians of technology, science and medicine.
Historiography of Contemporary Science and Technology, Hardback (January 1997)» View all books by Thomas Soderqvist
What level of scientific training is necessary to understand contemporary science? Does the lack of historical perspective prevent good scholarship? This text answers these questions.
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Author Biography - Thomas Soderqvist
Thomas Soderqvist is professor of history of medicine and chair of the Department of History of Medicine at the University of Copenhagen.
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