The Engineer in the Garden

The Engineer in the Garden

Genes and Genetics : From the Idea of Heredity to the Creation of Life

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Arguing that the everyday human intellect has been outpaced by scientific advances, a study of genetics and its potential impact on society explains what we have achieved while noting the ramifications of expanding on such technology.

Book News
An engagingly written overview of the present state of modern genetic research, first published in England in 1993. Tudge argues that the intricacies of genetics and sociobiology have far outpaced our thinking about them, charging us to recognize that since science is part of the social order, scientific literacy is no longer a privilege but a requirement for citizenship in the global community. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
In The Engineer in the Garden, Colin Tudge leads us through the intricacies of genetic theory - from its earliest classical form, to plant and animal breeding, to cloning and the Human Genome Project. He explains and questions the presumptions and ramifications of every scientific assertion about "advance," including sociobiology, genetic counseling, the creation of novel vaccines, and the possibility of prolonging human life. Cautious but not alarmist, Tudge argues that these scientific advances have far outpaced our thinking about them, and charges us to recognize that since science is part of the social order, scientific literacy is no longer a privilege of but a requirement for citizenship in the global community. Our response to these new technologies must necessarily involve our deepest thoughts about democratic principles, economic theory, and the meaning of life.
A lucid and engaging overview of what we have learned thus far, The Engineer in the Garden is also a passionate and provocative work of social criticism.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 1995
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0809042592
Branch Call Number: 575.1 TUD
Characteristics: 388 p

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