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Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences$
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Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226569871

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226570075.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Perchance to Dream

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(p.1) Introduction
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Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences
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Oren Harman, Michael R. Dietrich
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226570075.003.0001

In the Introduction we explore the conditions that helped foster novelty in the life sciences, arguing that features relating to personality, training, institutional support, collaboration, and the particular social and intellectual dynamics of the relevant fields at a given moment have all played unique roles. Understanding such roles is important, we contend, because dreaming has been, and will continue to be, a significant motor of change, shaping modern biology.

Keywords:   innovation, life sciences, dreamers, revolutionaries, visionaries, Thomas Kuhn, pluralism, contextual history

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