About the Author
Mark E. Borrello, Associate Professor of History of Science in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and Director of the Program in the History of Science and Technology, at the University of Minnesota, studied history and philosophy of science at Indiana University earning a doctorate in 2002. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, he was a visiting assistant professor at the Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University. As a historian and philosopher of biology, his primary interests are in the development of evolutionary theory in the late-19th and 20th centuries. In numerous scholarly articles and chapters, he has explored the debate over the levels of selection idea from Darwin to the present. His 2010 book on this topic, Evolutionary Restraints: the Contentious History of Group Selection, was published by the University of Chicago Press. He is currently engaged in an investigation of the nature of individuality in developmental and evolutionary contexts. He has published on this topic with his colleagues Michael Travisano, William Ratcliff and Ford Denison (PNAS 2012). His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.
Oren Harman is the Chair of the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University and Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where he hosts the public series "Talking About Science in the 21st Century" and the Science and Creativity Group. He was trained in history and biology at the Hebrew University, Oxford, and Harvard, and is a historian of science and a writer. He teaches evolutionary theory, history and philosophy of science, and writing. His books include The Man Who Invented the Chromosome (Harvard, 2004), Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2018), and the co-edited trilogy, with Michael Dietrich, Rebels, Mavericks and Heretics in Biology (Yale, 2008), Outsider Scientists (Chicago, 2013), and Dreamers, Visionaries and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences (Chicago, 2018). His book The Price of Altruism (W.W. Norton, 2010) (Bodley Head/Random House, 2010) won the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Book of the Year in Science and Technology, was nominated for the Pulitzer prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is currently working on a book about metamorphosis.