The Threat and the Glory

The Threat and the Glory : Reflections on Science and Scientists

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"It is the great glory as it is the great threat of science that everything that is in principle possible can be done if the intention to do it is sufficiently resolute." This theme, from the title essay, runs throughout this new collection of Peter Medawar's writings. A passionate advocate of scientific endeavour, he wrote, lectured and reviewed widely, describing the glories of scientific achievement and warning of the dangers of pseudo-scientific deception. This selection, made posthumously from essays now unavailable elsewhere, and including some previously unpublished material, covers a characteristically wide range of subjects: genetics, evolution, creativity, philosophy, scientific fraud, and attitudes to death and the prolongation of life. Either as a companion to "Pluto's Republic" , the last selection of essays to be made before he died, or as an introduction to his writing, this volume should intrigue, stimulate, and delight. It is intended for moral philosophers, research biologists, geneticists, and other scientists, environmentalists, and the general reader.
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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • index
  • 019286128X
  • 9780192861283

Table of contents

My life in science; the threat and the glory; biology and man's estimation of himself; some reflections on science and civilization; Florey story; the "ultra-elite" of science; scientific fraud; the strange case of the spotted mice; creativity - especially in science; the philosophy of Karl Popper; the genetic improvement of man; the future of man; Osler's razor; the meaning of silence; the cost-benefit analysis of pure research; the pure science; is the scientific paper a fraud?; the pissing evile; animal experimentation in a medical research institute; great circle of learning; in defence of doctors; son of stroke; the life instinct and dignity in dying.
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About P. B. Medawar

About the Author The late Sir Peter Medawar, who won the Nobel Prize (with Sir Macfarlane Burnet) in 1960 for his work on tissue transplantation, was the author of numerous books on scientific issues.
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