Genetic Analysis: A History of Genetic Thinking (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology)

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There is a paradox lying at the heart of the study of heredity. To understand the ways in which features are passed on down from one generation to the next, we have to dig deeper and deeper into the ultimate nature of things - from organisms, to genes, to molecules. And yet as we do this, increasingly we find we are out of focus with our subjects. What has any of this to do with the living, breathing organisms with which we started? Organisms are living. Molecules are not. How do we relate one to the other? In Genetic Analysis, one of the most important empirical scientists in the field in the twentieth century attempts, through a study of history and drawing on his own vast experience as a practitioner, to face this paradox head-on. His book offers a deep and innovative understanding of our ways of thinking about heredity.

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Raphael Falk is Emeritus Professor, Department of Genetics and The Program for the History and Philosophy of Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His many works include The Concept of the Gene in Development and Evolution: Historical and Epistemological Perspectives co-edited by Peter J. Beurton and Hans-Jorg Rheinberger (2000, 2008).

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"Starting in the United States, small groups of religious people attacked weapons of mass destruction with small hammers and their own blood. Sharon Nepstad tells the compelling story of how this movement spread around the world, adapting different forms depending upon the religious and political setting. She gives voice to these activists, but rather than simply turning then into heroes or cranks, she explains the roots of their sustained activism. She convincingly shows how a sort of religious faith, even the faith of atheists, allows people to continue their efforts despite significant shifts in political opportunity. This is a fascinating book, essential for anyone who wants to make sense of long term political commitment in hard times."
--David S. Meyer, University of California at Irvine
"This is a wonderful read. Theoretically sophisticated, insightful in its conclusions about why some movements endure, Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement is also a fascinating account of people whose activism is, to many, enigmatic. In Nepstad's fine rendering, religious pacifists' determination to act without concern for the consequences, indeed, their eager contemplation of arrest and conviction, become not strange but admirable."
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"....The book is extremely well written, and also contains an exhaustive bibliography addressing the major concepts of genetics, with historical references for readers interested in the primary literature.... Highly recommended...."
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