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Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences

Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich


Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences explores biologists who had grand ideas that went beyond the “run of the mill” science of their peers. Each of the eighteen figures featured in the book espoused science that was visionary, often threatening and destabilizing, sometimes fantastical or even quixotic. We argue that “dreamers” imagine and articulate newness: theories, models, methods, practices, or applications of science that represent changes of kind, not just degree. These changes are not revisions or refinements of an existing feature of a field; they are origina ... More

Keywords: innovation, biology, life sciences, dreamers, revolutionaries, visionaries, novelty, biography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226569871
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226570075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oren Harman, editor
Bar Ilan University

Michael R. Dietrich, editor
University of Pittsburgh

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Oren Harman & Michael R. Dietrich

Part I: The Evolutionists

1 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Richard W. Burkhardt Jr.

2 Ernst Haeckel

Robert J. Richards

3 Peter Kropotkin

Oren Harman

Part II: The Medicalists

4 Mary Lasker

Kirsten E. Gardner

5 Jonas Salk

Charlotte Decroes Jacobs

Part III: The Molecularists

7 W. Ford Doolittle

Maureen A. O’malley

Part IV: The Ecologists

10 From New Alchemy to Living Machines

Michael R. Dietrich & Laura L. Lovett

12 Rachel Carson

Janet Browne

Part V: The Ethologists

13 Jane Goodall

Dale Peterson

15 David Sloan Wilson

Mark E. Borrello

Part VI: The Systematizers


Joan Roughgarden

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