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SETI New Books from MIT Press

Larry Klaes ( )
Thu, 27 May 1999 17:03:28 -0400

>From: "History of Science and Technology Editorial"
>Subject: New Books from MIT Press
>Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 21:07:18 GMT
>This message is one of a series of periodic mailings about newly released
books in history of science and technology. You have received this mailing
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>Follow the URLs below to our catalog for contents, abstracts, and ordering
>Governing Molecules
>The Discursive Politics of Genetic Engineering in Europe and the United
>Herbert Gottweis
>Scientists, investors, policymakers, the media, and the general public
have all displayed a continuing interest in the commercial promise and
potential dangers of genetic engineering. In this book, Herbert Gottweis
explains how genetic engineering became so controversial--a technology that
some seek to promote by any means and others want to block entirely.
Beginning with an exposition of poststructuralist theory and its
implications for research methodology, Gottweis offers a new approach to
political analysis, emphasizing the essential role of narratives in the
development of policy under contemporary conditions.
>6 x 9, 472 pp., 1 illus., cloth ISBN 0-262-07189-4
>Inside Technology series
>Advice for a Young Investigator
>Santiago Ramón y Cajal
>translated by Neely Swanson and Larry W. Swanson
>Hailed as the father of modern anatomy and neurobiology, Santiago Ramón y
Cajal was largely responsible for the modern conception of the brain. His
groundbreaking works were New Ideas on the Structure of the Nervous System
and Histology of the Nervous System in Man and Vertebrates. In addition to
leaving a legacy of unparalleled scientific research, Cajal sought to
educate the novice scientist about how science was done and how he thought
it should be done. This recently rediscovered volume, first published in
1897, is an anecdotal guide for the perplexed new investigator as well as a
refreshing resource for the old pro.
>Cajal was a pragmatist, aware of the pitfalls of being too idealistic--and
he had a sense of humor, particularly evident in his diagnoses of various
stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The book covers everything from
valuable personality traits for an investigator to social factors conducive
to scientific work.
>5 3/8 x 8, 176 pp.
>cloth ISBN 0-262-18191-6
>A Bradford Book
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