Science & Education

, Volume 21, Issue 7, pp 1051–1053 | Cite as

Raphael Falk: Genetic Analysis: A History of Genetic Thinking. Studies in Philosophy of Biology, edited by Michael Ruse

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0-521-88418-1, 344 pages, price: $110.00 (hardback)
  • Staffan Müller-Wille
Book Review

Anyone with an interest in the history and philosophy of genetics is likely to have come across Raphael Falk—or Rafi as he is known to his many friends and colleagues. His incisive and thought-provoking comments, always put forward with energetic and inexhaustible enthusiasm, have enlivened discussions at workshops and conferences dedicated to this field for the past 30 years. His numerous papers have drawn attention to the historical and philosophical significance of phenomena like dominance and linkage which are not easily reconciled with reductionist and determinist accounts of the gene and keep this concept “in tension”—as Falk put it in a seminal contribution to the volume The Concept of the Gene in Development and Evolution, which Falk co-edited in 2000 with Peter Beurton and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger for the same series as the book under review. His training in classical and population genetics with Gert Bonnier in Stockholm (1952–1955), and as a postdoc with H. J. Muller and Curt...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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