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Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology

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This book is the first devoted to modern biology’s innovators and iconoclasts: men and women who challenged prevailing notions in their fields. Some of these scientists were Nobel Prize winners, some were considered cranks or gadflies, some were in fact wrong. The stories of these stubborn dissenters are individually fascinating. Taken together, they provide unparalleled i ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 19th 2008 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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An interesting structure: Each author writes one chapter about a past biologist who struggled with the "general" mainstream or who had a theory that was a little bit off mainstream.

Thee writing of authors differed profoundly, some of the chapters are a tad dry, with words more complicated than they have to be, but all in all I learned a LOT about the history of biology. The chapters are (I think) roughly ordered chronologically, and only by the end had I actually heard about the people the chap
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Oren Harman, who has a doctorate from Oxford University, is the Chair of the Graduate Program in Science Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University and a professor of the history of science. He is the author of The Man Who Invented the Chromosome, a documentary film maker, and a frequent contributor to The New Republic. He lives in Tel Aviv and New York.
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