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Molecular Models of Life : Philosophical Papers on Molecular Biology (Paperback)

Author: Sarkar, Sahotra

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Molecular biology -- described with some foresight in a 1938 Rockefeller Foundation report as a branch of science in which "delicate modern techniques are being used to investigate ever more minute details" -- and its modeling strategies apparently argue in favor of physical reductionism. Sarkar's first three chapters explore reductionism -- defending it, but cautioning that reduction to molecular interactions is not necessarily a reduction to genetics (and does not support the claims of either heriditarianism or environmentalism). The next sections of the book discuss function, exploring how functional explanations pose a problem for reductionism; the informational interpretation of biology and how it interacts with reductionism; and the tension between the unifying framework of molecular biology and the received framework of evolutionary theory. The concluding chapter is an essay in the emerging field of developmental evolution, exploring what molecular biology may contribute to the transformation of evolutionary theory as evolutionary theory takes into account morphogenetic development.

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Publisher Bradford Books
Mfg Part# 9780262693509
SKU 203452818
Format Paperback
ISBN10 026269350X
Release Date 8/13/2012
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0396
Publisher MIT Press (MA)
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