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A Feeling for the Organism, 10th Aniversary Edition: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock Paperback – February 15, 1984
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--Nan Crystal Arens,
Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology,
University of California, Berkeley
The book can get quite technical midway, and will be appreciated best by those with a background in genetics. McClintock was a woman way ahead of her time, in fact, decades ahead. She could not be promoted to certain positions at several institutions simply because she is female (despite a superior knowledge in cytogenetics).
It took approximately 5 years for McClintock to finish and publish her results on transposable elements in chromosomes (transposons). She gave numerous presentations on her discoveries and nobody understood - at a time when molecular biology was taking over the field of cytogenetics. This book shows that science is not always objective. It also brings up legitimate points as to whether the prevailing Western view of Science (i.e. the scientific method) is efficient enough in scientific research and discovery.
I highly recommend this book!
The book is well writen and easy to read; even for people that do not have a background in genetics. From my point of view, those people will nevertheless have more interest in the aspects of "McClintock's as a female revolutionary scientist" rather than in "the genesis and communication of new ideas in life-science".
Most of the information provided about McClintok's life and thoughts seem acurate, even if some authors have pointed out several speculations made by Evelyn Fox Keller.
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Was a really interesting look at genetics. It was required reading for my Philosophy of science course, but was not dry or difficult to grasp. Read morePublished 17 months ago by promise2try
Bought this for a class, kept it after the class was over. Very interesting book, will definitely read again (when school allows!)Published 24 months ago by Elana Voigt
Keller does an excellent job of elucidating McClintock's work and her original way of thinking and seeing, ways that made her ahead of her time, but ultimately led to her Noble. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Elizabeth A. Gibson
Great book about McClintock and how she lived and worked. The middle section which describes the genetics will need supplementation with lots of diagrams and explanation. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Alan C.
Wonderful book and Barbara is such a great woman. It really goes into detail about her work and what she accomplished.Published on December 29, 2013 by Chelsea
What if you discovered that the fruit and vegetables that you grow with your own hands will keep you healthier than those you buy from a supermarket or even from a local farmer's... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Bobby Matherne
I very much enjoyed the human element of this book. As a woman in science, it always makes me feel appreciative to hear about the women whose uphill battle led to our equal... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by K. Wilkins
I read this in college and recently bought it for a gift. It is a great story about the intuitive side of science. Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Mark M.