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Prescient philosophical discussion of whiggish historical interpretations and their outcomes. Crystalline clarity most admirable aspect of work, as author states biases and risk of appearing a "rank dilletante" in the introduction, legitimizing his philosophical antecedent with 95 pages of unrelated, fairly stupefying history of his personal scientific occupation in molecular genetics. Readers who can take the leap of faith and believe Stent to be capable of producing intellectual insight can sk ...more