Controlling Life: Jacques Loeb & the Engineering Ideal in Biology (Monographs on the History and Philosophy of Biology)

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The biologist Jacques Loeb (1859-1924) helped to shape the practice of modern biological research through his radical emphasis on reductionist experimentation. This biography traces his career and convincingly argues that Loeb's desire to control organisms, manifested in studies of both reproduction and animal behavior, contributed to a new self-image for biologists. The author places Loeb's experiments and the controversies they generated in their intellectual and institutional contexts, tracing his influence on the development of behaviorism, genetics, and reproductive biology.

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The practice of modern biological research has been shaped, in large part, by the interests and attitudes of nineteenth and early twentieth-century scientists. This book describes the career of one such influential figure, the German-American researcher Jacques Loeb, whose novel and radical emphasis on reductionist experimentation continues to exert an impact on the field today.

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Philip J. Pauly is an Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University.

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