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This book tells the forgotten story of the pursuit of a Third Way in biology, known by many names, including “the organic philosophy”—including the scientists who defined and refined it and its persistence into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It considers the creation of the subfield of epigenetics, a product of Third Way thinking, rooted among a group of scholars known as the Theoretical Biology Club. And it raises significant questions about how we should model the development of the discipline of biology.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraphs
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Timeline: The First Generation of Organicists
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Timeline: The Second Generation of Organicists
  2. pp. xii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 1. The First Generation of Organicists
  2. pp. 15-41
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  1. 2. Needham’s Revival of Mechanism
  2. pp. 42-55
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  1. 3. Socrates and the Principia Biologæ
  2. pp. 56-80
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  1. 4.The Tipping Point
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. 5. Waddington and the Organizer
  2. pp. 93-103
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  1. 6. The Original Theoretical Biology Club
  2. pp. 104-116
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  1. 7. Large Plans Versus the Ultimate Littleness of Things
  2. pp. 117-126
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  1. 8. As Many Opinions As There Are Men
  2. pp. 127-140
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  1. 9. “Off in All Directions Like an Expanding Universe”
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. 10. Mechanism Reduced to Molecules
  2. pp. 159-171
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  1. 11. The Lysenko Morality Tale and the Epigenetic Landscape
  2. pp. 172-188
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  1. 12. Ernst Mayr, Neo-Darwinism, and Beanbag Genetics
  2. pp. 189-199
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  1. 13. History of Science Is Written by the Laureates
  2. pp. 200-210
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  1. 14. The 1960s Reincarnation of the Debate
  2. pp. 211-225
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  1. 15. The Conventional Wisdom of the Dominant Group, or Cowdung
  2. pp. 226-233
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  1. CONCLUSION. A Third Way After Waddington?
  2. pp. 234-250
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  1. EPILOGUE. Is Modern Epigenetics Organic?
  2. pp. 251-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-294
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 295-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-334
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822981985
Related ISBN
9780822944669
MARC Record
OCLC
967739488
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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