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The Concept of the Gene in Development and Evolution: Historical and Epistemological Perspectives (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology) Paperback – February 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0521060240 ISBN-10: 0521060249 Edition: 1st

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"The Concept of the Gene in Development and Evolution is a Guide for the Perplexed. The articles contributed illuminate the distance separating popular thought from the difficult and complex questions of the nature and function of "genes." The present volume offers a unique guide to the meanings of the term gene." American Scientist

"The Concept of the Gene in Development and Evolution does an excellent job of bringing together philosophers, historians, and biologists to answer the question, What is a gene?...a solid contribution to the history and philosophy of biology." Metapsychology

"In this collection, the outcome of two workshops at Berlin's Max Plank Institute for the History of Science, some well-known philosophers and historians of genetics develop analyses of the gene concept found in their earlier work, and others offer new proposals. Several authors also reflect on what it means to study the concept of the gene. The resulting volume is both an excellent introduction to recent work in this field and a valuable contribution in its own right. ...This is a rich volume,...I have only briefly touched on the contents of some fascinating and important chapters. It is hard to imagine a philosopher of biology who would knot find material of interest in this collection of essays. The volume appears in the Cambridge series Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biology, edited by Michael Ruse, and maintains the impressive standard achieved by that series since its inception." Paul E. Griffiths, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

"This is a very strong collection of essays on a crucial topic and deserves to be widely read. Historians, philosophers, and biologists will all find interesting material here, some of it quite novel." Jrnl of the History of Biology

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Advances in molecular biological research in the last forty years have made the story of the gene vastly complicated: the more we learn about genes, the less sure we are of what a gene really is. Knowledge about the structure and functioning of genes abounds, but the gene has also become curiously intangible. This collection of essays renews the question: what are genes? This book is unique in that it is the first interdisciplinary volume, written by philosophers, historians, and working scientists, solely devoted to the quest for the gene. It will be of interest to professionals and students in the philosophy and history of science, genetics, and molecular biology.

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