What Is an Explanation?

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Science  13 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5588, pp. 1813
DOI: 10.1126/science.1075063

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Making Sense of Life Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines. Evelyn Fox Keller. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2002. 400 pp. $29.95, £20.50, $29.95. ISBN 0-674-00746-8.

Motivated by the philosophical problem of what it means to understand organismal development, Keller offers a selective history of developmental biology with a focus on the contributions of mathematical and theoretical approaches.