By: Evelyn Fox Keller
Explores the interplay of machines and metaphor in modern scientific enquiry. The book looks at the discourse of the contemporary life sciences, the `metaphors' which allow scientific work to proceed. |Keller, a distinguished feminine historian, argues that these metaphors, as powerful as the physical technology of modern science, define the paths along which research can, and does, move.
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
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