The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick

By Riskin, Jessica

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9780226302928
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Univ. of Chicago


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Reviewed on January 1, 2016  |  Science and Technology

In this rich, sweeping history, Riskin (history, Stanford Univ.; Science in the Age of Sensibility) explores the dialectic between mechanistic models of nature from the mid-17th century forward. The author's main interest is in the notion of "agency" or purposefulness, which has been banned from scientific discourse by the dominant brute-mechanist paradigm; struggle between models, she argues, has been going on since modern science's inception and it influences debates toda...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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