TITLE

Hopeful Heretic - Richard Goldschmidt's Genetic Metaphors

AUTHOR(S)
Lamm, Ehud
PUB. DATE
September 2008
SOURCE
History & Philosophy of the Life Sciences;2008, Vol. 30 Issue 3/4, p387
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
47638050

 

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