John Mcreery (jlm@TWICS.COM)
Thu, 18 May 1995 13:28:11 JST

In my recent browsings through book stores I stumbled across _The
Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology_ by Horace
Freeland Judson. It's a great piece of history of science with a lot
of relevance to our recent debates concerning the roles of math in
science, epistemology, etc. Highly recommended.

One thing sticks out to the social anthropologist turned advertising man.
The great work in biology
has almost all been done by people working in
pairs that are themselves associated with particular groups of researchers.
This situation is not unlike the advertising world where copywriter-
art director pairs also work as part of larger teams. Then, I think about
anthropology and our focus on the individual researcher whose fieldwork
is, so the legend suggets, a lonely rite of passage not unlike a
Plains Indian vision quest. What are the results for the "knowledge" our
work produces? Anyone want to b
ite on this? <g>

John McCreery