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Silvers Robert (ed.) Hidden histories of science

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Silvers Robert (ed.) Hidden histories of science
New York: New York Review of Books, 1995. — 193 p. — ISBN-10: 094032203X; ISBN-13: 978-0940322035
In this collection of original essays, five world-renowned writers explore forgotten and neglected aspects of the history of science. Jonathan Miller,
Oliver Sacks, and Daniel Kevles show how some scientific ideas emerge with great promise, only to be dismissed or forgotten, and then, in different form, become accepted as important years later. Richard Lewontin and Stephen Jay Gould discuss the way words and images used by scientists and popularizers alike, from the murals on the walls of natural history museums to such ubiquitous terms as "adaptation" and "environment," reflect deep and largely unacknowledged distortions in the way we conceive both individual organisms and the natural history of the world. Together, these five essays show that science is, in the words of Oliver Sacks, "a human enterprise through and through, an organic, evolving, human growth, with sudden spurts and arrests, and strange deviations, too. It grows out of its past, but never outgrows it, any more than we outgrow our childhood."
Contents
Introduction.
Jonathan Miller. Going Unconscious
Stephen Jay Gould. Ladders and Cones: Constraining Evolution by Canonical Icons
Daniel J. Kevles. Pursuing the Unpopular: A History of Courage, Viruses, and Cancer
R. C. Lewontin. Genes, Environment, and Organisms
Oliver Sacks. Scotoma: Forgetting and Neglect in Science
Notes on Contributors
Sources of Illustrations
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