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Refiguring life : metaphors of twentieth-century biology

Refiguring life : metaphors of twentieth-century biology

Author: Evelyn Fox Keller
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1995.
Series: Wellek Library lecture series at the University of California, Irvine.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Refiguring Life begins with the history of genetics and embryology, showing how discipline-based metaphors have directed scientists' search for evidence. Keller continues with an exploration of the border traffic between biology and physics, focusing on the question of life and the law of increasing entropy. In a final section she traces the impact of new metaphors, born of the computer revolution, on the course of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Evelyn Fox Keller
ISBN: 0231102046 9780231102049 0231102054 9780231102056
OCLC Number: 31606662
Description: xix, 134 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Language and science: genetics, embryology, and the discourse of gene action --
Molecules, messages, and memory: life and the second law --
The Body of a new machine: situating the organism between telegraphs and computers.
Series Title: Wellek Library lecture series at the University of California, Irvine.
Responsibility: Evelyn Fox Keller.


The author of this series of essays explores the interplay of machines and metaphors in modern scientific inquiry. She uses the example of genetic research to demonstrate that scientists are  Read more...


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The focus of these three essays is the role of language and technology in the progress of genetic science. Drawing on a broad spectrum of theoretical work, Keller shows how scientists often operate Read more...

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