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Author Name:    PAULY, Philip J. LOEB, Jacques

Title:   Controlling Life : Jacques Loeb and the Engineering Ideal in Biology. FirstPrinting in dustjacket

Publisher:    Oxford University Press, New York / Oxford, 1987, ISBN:0185042441 

Seller ID:   110286

PAULY, Philip J. Controlling Life : Jacques Loeb and the Engineering Ideal in Biology. New York / Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987. First Printing. Pp (10),3-252,+ 12 pp plates. Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to front board and spine. "The practice of modern biological research has been shaped, in large part, by the interests and attitudes of nineteenth and early twentieth-century scientists. This book describes the career of one such influential figure, the German-American researcher Jacques Loeb, whose novel and radical emphasis on reductionist experimentation continues to exert an impact on the field today. Loeb (1859-1924) worked at the University of Chicago, the University of California, the Rockefeller Institute, and was a regular member of the Wood's Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. The author convincingly argues that Loeb's desire to control organisms, manifestedin studies of both reproduction and animal behavior, helped to define a ne w selt-image for biologists. Pauly places Loeb's experiments and the controversies they generated in their intellectual and institutional contexts, and traces his influence on the development of behavior!sm, genetics, and reproductive biology. An important contribution to scientific biography, this accessible study will interest biologists, historians of science, and general readers interested in the history of science." (from the dj). Contents :Introduction. 1. The Shaping of a Biologist. 2. The Engineering Standpoint . 3. New American Environments, 4. Evolution and Experimentation. 5. The Invention of Artificial Parthenogenesis. 6. Investigating Animal Behavior. 7.The Problems of a Mechanistic Conception of Life, 8. The Loebian lntiuence in American Biology. Very good in dustjacket. 30.00


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