A Feeling for the Organism, 10th Aniversary Edition: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock

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Macmillan, Feb 15, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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For much of her life she worked alone, brilliant but eccentric, with ideas that made little sense to her colleagues. Yet before DNA and the molecular revolution, Barbara McClintock's tireless analysis of corn led her to uncover some of the deepest, most intricate secrets of genetic organization. Nearly forty years later, her insights would bring her a MacArthur Foundation grant, the Nobel Prize, and long overdue recognition. At her recent death at age 90, she was widely acknowledged as one of the most significant figures in 20th-century science.

Evelyn Fox Keller's acclaimed biography, A Feeling for the Organism, gives us the full story of McClintock's pioneering—although sometimes professionally difficult—career in cytology and genetics. The book now appears in a special edition marking the 10th anniversary of its original publication.

 

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Barbara McClintock was a brilliant female scientist, unwilling to settle for a “woman’s job” teaching when she was clearly cut out for research. Her intelligence and insight eventually put her ... Read full review

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good book a little feminist for my taste though

Contents

The Capacity to Be Alone
15
Becoming a Scientist
39
A Career for Women
63
University of Missouri
79
Cold Spring Harbor
107
Transposition
121
A Different Language J 39
139
Molecular Biology
153
Transposition Rediscovered
171
A Feeling for the Organism
197
Notes
209
Glossary
221
Index
229
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Evelyn Fox Keller is Professor of History and Philosophy in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at M.I.T.

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