From Library Journal
This short but interesting work continues Keller's study of how "scientific technique is both contributor to and product of discourse." A noted feminist historian and philosopher of science at MIT, Keller here focuses more explicitly on gender than in her Secrets of Life, Secrets of Death: Essays on Language, Gender, and Science (Routledge, 1992) or in Body/politics: Women and the Discourses of Science (Routledge, 1989), which she edited with Mary Jacobus and Sally Shuttleworth. In particular, she analyzes how the metaphors of information and communication technology affect biological research, especially in the field of genetics. Keller aims to broaden her focus here, which may disappoint some devoted fans. Recommended for history of science collections.Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene
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The focus of these three essays is the role of language and technology in the progress of genetic science. Drawing on a broad spectrum of theoretical work, Keller shows how scientists often operate from preconceived notions in seeking evidence; how it may be possible to reconcile the stability of genetic memory with the seemingly contrary law of increasing entropy; and why terminology introduced by the computer revolution influences recent discoveries in genetic research.