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Theory Change in Science: Strategies from Mendelian Genetics


By: L Darden

288 pages, 4 b/w photos, 38 line illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Nov 1991 | #15236 | ISBN: 0195067975
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Monographs on the History and Philosophy of Biology.

"This will be a welcome and useful book for all those interested in the history and philosophy of genetics. Although primarily a philosopher of science, Lindley Darden has crafted a unique and challenging fusion of an historical with a philosophical approach. Refreshingly, she is not concerned with what ought to have been done, but what was done. Darden's book has a number of strong points: perhaps the most important of which is its attempt to show the underlying conceptual changes through which Mendelian theory underwent after 1900 in terms of several general strategies advocated by its proponents." --Mendel Newsletter
"Darden traces the mutual influences of theory and experiment very well, giving due weight to alternative models that were later deemed inadequate. Darden is developing a rigorous procedure for understanding how theories are formulated, modified, accepted, and rejected." --The Quarterly Review of Biology
"A welcome and useful book for all those interested in t


Introduction; Philosophical preliminaries; The problem of heredity; Historical introduction; Mendelism, 1900-1903; Unit-characters, pairs, and dominance; Boveri-Sutton chromosome theory; Tests of segregation; Reduplication, linkage, and Mendel's second law; The chromosome theory and mutation; Unit-characters to factors to genes; Exemplars, diagrams, and diagnosis; Genetics and other fields; Summary of strategies for theory change; Implications for further work.

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