Biology, History, and Natural Philosophy

  • Allen D. Breck
  • Wolfgang Yourgrau

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Francisco J. Ayala
    Pages 1-16
  3. Ludwig von Bertalanffy
    Pages 17-30
  4. Albert Szent-Györgyi
    Pages 31-36
  5. George Ledyard Stebbins
    Pages 79-102
  6. Martin A. Garstens
    Pages 123-133
  7. Francisco J. Ayala
    Pages 207-216
  8. Hayden V. White
    Pages 233-242
  9. Robert E. Roeder
    Pages 251-261
  10. J. O. Wisdom
    Pages 291-298
  11. Henryk Skolimowski
    Pages 299-330
  12. Wolfgang Yourgrau
    Pages 331-343
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 345-355

About this book


In a world that peers over the brink of disaster more often than not it is difficult to find specific assignments for the scholarly community. One speaks of peace and brotherhood only to realize that for many the only real hope of making a contribution may seem to be in a field of scientific specialization seemingly irrelevant to social causes and problems. Yet the history of man since the beginnings of science in the days of the Greeks does not support this gloomy thesis. Time and again we have seen science precipitate social trends or changes in the humanistic beliefs that have a significant effect on the scientific community. Not infrequently the theoretical scientist, triggered by society's changing goals and understandings, finds ultimate satisfaction in the work of his colleagues in engineering and the other applied fields. Thus the major debate in mid-nineteenth century in which the evidence of natural history and geology at variance with the Biblical feats provided not only courage to a timid Darwin but the kind of audience that was needed to fit his theories into the broad public dialogue on these topics. The impact of "Darwinism" was felt far beyond the scientific community. It affected social thought, upset religious certainties and greatly affected the teaching of science.


biology natural philosophy philosophy science society

Editors and affiliations

  • Allen D. Breck
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Yourgrau
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DenverDenverUSA

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