Controlling Life: Jacques Loeb and the Engineering Ideal in Biology

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byPhilip J. Pauly

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The biologist Jacques Loeb (1859-1924) helped to shape the practice of modern biological research through his radical emphasis on reductionist experimentation. This biography traces his career and convincingly argues that Loeb's desire to control organisms, manifested in studies of bothreproduction and animal behavior, contributed to a new self-image for biologists. The author places Loeb's experiments and the controversies they generated in their intellectual and institutional contexts, tracing his influence on the development of behaviorism, genetics, and reproductivebiology.

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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 cont...

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The biologist Jacques Loeb (1859-1924) helped to shape the practice of modern biological research through his radical emphasis on reductionist experimentation. This biography traces his career and convincingly argues that Loeb's desire to control organisms, manifested in studies of bothreproduction and animal behavior, contributed to a...

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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 cont...

Philip J. Pauly is an Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 9.57 × 6.3 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. The Shaping of a Biologist2. The Engineering Standpoint3. New American Environments4. Evolution and Experimentation5. The Invention of Artificial Parthenogenesis6. Investigating Animal Behavior7. The Problems of a Mechanistic Conception of Life8. The Loebian Influence in American Biology

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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.

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"Pauly's book brings that rare combination of excellent narrative, provocative subject matter, a well-argued thesis, and a wealth of solid informative data. This new Oxford monographic series has produced a real gem in this well-edited and virtually error-free volume, which at most anyeducated reader should find extremely valuable and enjoyable to read." --Journal of the History of Biology