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A Final StoryScience, Myth, and Beginnings$
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Nasser Zakariya

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226476124

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.001.0001

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Other Emerging Genres of Synthesis

Other Emerging Genres of Synthesis

From the Fabulaic to the Foundational

(p.181) Chapter Six Other Emerging Genres of Synthesis
A Final Story

Nasser Zakariya

University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins to trace the development of contributions of fabulaic, foundational, and historical genres in relation to a universal historical synthesis. Harlow Shapley and George Gamow play a particularly strong role in the refinement and dissemination of these technical and more popular synthetic templates for the natural sciences. They built on and shared in the work of other travelers into the scientific “borderlands,” including in different measure Einstein, Eddington, Lemaître, Philipp Frank, Julian Huxley, J. B. S. Haldane, and A. I. Oparin. Such synthetic efforts constructed social and conceptual frameworks to bring together scientists and scientific work, both in the scientific disciplines themselves and in popular conceptions of science and scientists, efforts that became only more urgent in the face of contemporary efforts to divide the sciences by nationality and religion.

Keywords:   fabulaic synthesis, foundational synthesis, evolutionary synthesis, George Gamow, Harlow Shapley, Julian Huxley, J. B. S. Haldane, A. I. Oparin

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