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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.(Science News)
Clarifying the puzzling confusions and the astounding productivity inherent in the adoption of the metaphor of information in modern genetics, Keller has written a beautifully argued and incisive book. Refiguring Life makes a solid contribution to the growing collective project of the cultural and historical studies of science and technology.(Donna J. Haraway, author of Modest Witness: Feminism and Technoscience)