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Studied Ambiguity

Science  28 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5539, pp. 2399-2400
DOI: 10.1126/science.1065641

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Shaping Science with Rhetoric The Cases of Dobzhansky, Schrödinger, and Wilson. Leah Ceccarelli. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2001. 216 pp. $55, £35. ISBN 0-226-09906-7. Paper, $20, £13. ISBN 0-226-09907-5.

Ceccarelli uses close readings of Dobzhansky's Genetics and the Origins of Species, Schrödinger's What is Life?, and Wilson's Consilience to address the questions of how scientists build interdisciplinary programs and why some efforts to do so result in widespread acclaim while others fail.