Controlling Life: Jacques Loeb and the Engineering Ideal in Biology

Controlling Life: Jacques Loeb and the Engineering Ideal in Biology

by Philip J. Pauly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195042441

ISBN-13: 9780195042443

Pub. Date: 04/28/1987

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The biologist Jacques Loeb (1859-1924) helped to shape the practice of modern biological research through his radical emphasis on reductionist experimentation. This biography traces his career and convincingly argues that Loeb's desire to control organisms, manifested in studies of both reproduction and animal behavior, contributed to a new self-image for

Overview

The biologist Jacques Loeb (1859-1924) helped to shape the practice of modern biological research through his radical emphasis on reductionist experimentation. This biography traces his career and convincingly argues that Loeb's desire to control organisms, manifested in studies of both reproduction and animal behavior, contributed to a new self-image for biologists. The author places Loeb's experiments and the controversies they generated in their intellectual and institutional contexts, tracing his influence on the development of behaviorism, genetics, and reproductive biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195042443
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1987
Series:
Monographs on the History and Philosophy of Biology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Shaping of a Biologist
2. The Engineering Standpoint
3. New American Environments
4. Evolution and Experimentation
5. The Invention of Artificial Parthenogenesis
6. Investigating Animal Behavior
7. The Problems of a Mechanistic Conception of Life
8. The Loebian Influence in American Biology

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