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Hopeful heretic--Richard Goldschmidt's genetic metaphors.
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PMID:  19579710     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Richard Goldschmidt famously rejected the notion of atomic and corpuscular genes, arranged on the chromosome like beads-on-a-string. I provide an exegesis of Goldschmidt's intuition by analyzing his repeated and extensive use of metaphorical language and analogies in his attempts to convey his notion of the nature of the genetic material and specifically the significance of chromosomal pattern. The paper concentrates on Goldschmidt's use of metaphors in publications spanning 1940-1955.
Ehud Lamm
Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  History and philosophy of the life sciences     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0391-9714     ISO Abbreviation:  Hist Philos Life Sci     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-07     Completed Date:  2009-08-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003052     Medline TA:  Hist Philos Life Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  387-405     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Genetics / history*
History, 20th Century
Models, Genetic
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Richard Goldschmidt

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