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Science, History and Social Activism: A Tribute to Everett Mendelsohn / Edition 1

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This book highlights not only aspects of the career of Everett Mendelsohn, one of the premier historians of biology of our age, but also a wide range of topics that are now grouped under the general heading of science studies. This broad collection includes articles on the relations between science and the military, science as narrative, natural history and conservation, Marxism and science, the Human Genome Project, and the relation of philosophy to the study of embryonic development in the 18th century. This book is essential not only for those who admire Professor Mendelsohn's work but also for those who want a slice of the current field of science studies.

Audience: The main readership of this volume consists of historians of science, technology, and medicine, and sociologists of science. The book will also appeal to philosophers of science and biologists. Those interested in Middle Eastern studies will find the discussion of Professor Mendelsohn's political work in this area, as well as the article dealing with his activism in general, of considerable interest.

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"Mendelsohn’s work has been multifaceted. … He has made fascinating and path-breaking contributions in the fields of history of biology, genetics and the atomic scientists movement, to name a few. … The series of essays contained here mirrors this extraordinary achievement. Wide-ranging, analytically stimulating and reflective, they demonstrate Mendelsohn’s effect and legacy. … This volume, and Mendelsohn’s example more broadly, offer a future for the historian of science as a humanistic, socially responsible actor on the historical stage." (C. A. J. Chilvers, British Journal of History Science, 2005)

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Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction: The Life and Work of Everett Mendelsohn; G.E. Allen, R.M. MacLeod.
I: Historical Studies in the Life Sciences and Society.
Advocating the History of Science; J. Maienschein. Radical Nature in the Encyclopédie; S. Roe. August Weismann and Ferdinand Dickel: Testing the Dzierzon System; F.B. Churchill. Mendel's Hypothesis; R. Falk. Biopower: Reflections on the Rise of Molecular Biology; L.E. Kay.
II: Perspectives on the Social Studies of Science.
China, 'Qi', and the Challenges of Engaged Scholarship; A. Harrington. How to Tell A Story in the Sciences: Settings and Lessons; H. Nowotny. A Healthy Regard for the Facts; P. Buck. The Dark Side of Progress; J.-J. Salomon. The Loss of Distance: Science in Transition; P. Weingart. Radical Politics and Marxism in the History of Science; G.E. Allen. 'The Social Context of Science': Social Sciences 119 as a Way of Life and Learning; G. Werskey.
III: Science, Society and the Social Responsibility of Scientists.
Naturalists as Conservationists: American Scientists Social Responsibility, and Political Activism before the Bomb; M.V. Barrow. Human Experimental Abuse in and out of Context; R.N. Proctor. Networks in Action: The Kruschev Era, the Cold War and the Transformation of Soviet Science; M.B. Adams. The Multidimensional Chess of Science and Society: A Postwar Debate over Plutonium Exposure; G. Whittemore. Radioactive Fallout and Emerging Environmentalism: Cold War Fears and Public Health Concerns, 1954-1963; E.S. Watkins. 'Strictly for the Birds': Science, the Military and the Smithsonian's Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, 1963-1970; R. MacLeod. The Human Genome Project: Past,Present and Future Anterior; M. Fortun.
IV: Postscript: Everett Mendelsohn and the Middle East.
Speaking Justice to Power: Everett Mendelsohn as an International Public Intellectual; Y. Ezrahi. Bibliography: The Published Works of Everett Mendelsohn.

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