The Life Organic: The Theoretical Biology Club and the Roots of Epigenetics

The Life Organic: The Theoretical Biology Club and the Roots of Epigenetics

by Erik L. Peterson

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ISBN-13: 9780822944669
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Edition description: 1
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Erik L. Peterson is assistant professor of history at the University of Alabama.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 3

1 The First Generation of Organicists 15

2 Needham's Revival of Mechanism 42

3 Socrates and the Principia Bio toga 56

4 The Tipping Point 81

5 Waddington and the Organizer 93

6 The Original Theoretical Biology Club 104

7 Large Plans versus the Ultimate Littleness of Things 117

8 As Many Opinions as There Are Men 127

9 "Off in all directions like an expanding universe" 141

10 Mechanism Reduced to Molecules 159

11 The Lysenko Morality Tale and the Epigenetic Landscape 172

12 Ernst Mayrs Neo-Darwinism, and Beanbag Genetics 189

13 History of Science Is Written by the Laureates 200

14 The 1960s Reincarnation of the Debate 211

15 The Conventional Wisdom of the Dominant Group, or COWDUNG 226

Conclusion: A Third Way after Waddington? 234

Notes 261

Bibliography 295

Index 321

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