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Making sense of life : explaining biological development with models, metaphors, and machines

Author: Evelyn Fox Keller
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
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Publisher's description: What 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, offer no simple answers. Explanations in the biological sciences are typically provisional and partial, judged by  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Evelyn Fox Keller
ISBN: 0674007468 9780674007468 067401250X 9780674012509
OCLC Number: 48100379
Description: xii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Synthetic biology and the origin of living form --
Morphology as a science of mechanical forces --
Untimely births of a mathematical biology --
Genes, gene action, and genetic programs --
Taming the cybernetic metaphor --
Positioning positional information --
The visual culture of molecular embryology --
New roles for mathematical and computational modeling --
Synthetic biology redux--computer simulation and artificial life.
Responsibility: Evelyn Fox Keller.
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A history of the diverse and changing nature of biological explanation in a particularly charged field, Making Sense of Life draws our attention to the temporal, disciplinary, and cultural components  Read more...

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