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Shaping Science with Rhetoric: The Cases of Dobzhansky, Schrodinger, and Wilson

Leah Ceccarelli


How do scientists persuade colleagues from diverse fields to cross the disciplinary divide, risking their careers in new interdisciplinary research programs? Why do some attempts to inspire such research win widespread acclaim and support, while others do not? This book addresses such questions through close readings of three scientific monographs in their historical contexts—Theodosius Dobzhansky's Genetics and the Origin of Species (1937), which inspired the “modern synthesis” of evolutionary biology; Erwin Schrödinger's What Is Life? (1944), which catalyzed the field of molecular biology; a ... More

Keywords: interdisciplinary research, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Erwin Schrödinger, Edward O. Wilson, What is Life, Consilience, evolutionary biology, molecular biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226099064
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226099088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leah Ceccarelli, author