Daniel J. Kevles writes In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity in light of the claim that modern genetic research is tinged with the eugenic legacy. He has written extensively on the history of science and its relationship to American politics and society in the twentieth century. Daniel Kevles traces the study and practice of eugenics--the science of "improving" the human species by exploiting theories of heredity--from its inception in the late nineteenth century to its most recent manifestation within the field of genetic engineering. It is rich in narrative, anecdote, attention to human detail, and stories of competition among scientists who have dominated the field.
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It is rich in narrative, anecdote, attention to human detail, and stories of competition among scientists who have dominated the field. Kevles By Daniel J.
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In the Name of Eugenics
It is rich in narrative, anecdote, attention to human detail, and stories of competition among scientists who have dominated the field. Kevles By Daniel J. Kevles Best Seller. Category: Science. Available from:. Ebook —.
Daniel J. Kevles writes In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity in light of the claim that modern genetic research is tinged with the eugenic legacy. In the Name of Eugenics traces the history of the eugenics movement in the United States and Britain, beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing up to the mids and was the first significant analysis of eugenics after a long period during which the movement had been ignored as a subject of popular and scholarly interest. Eugenics purported to provide a scientific solution to a whole set of perceived societal ills by encouraging individuals with desirable traits to produce more offspring positive eugenics and by preventing those with less desirable traits from producing offspring negative eugenics. Daniel Kevles weaves the history of the developing sciences of evolutionary biology and genetics into his narrative of the development of and debates over eugenics. He points out the intersections between eugenics and developing measures of intelligence, describing the misuse of such tests for determining those who were "feebleminded" and thus, in some cases, candidates for institutionalization or sterilization.
Daniel J. Kevles born 2 March in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania is an American historian of science best known for his books on American physics and eugenics and for a wide-ranging body of scholarship on science and technology in modern societies. In the mathematician Serge Lang waged an unsuccessful campaign to prevent Kevles from being granted tenure at Yale, claiming that Kevles' book The Baltimore Case was too sympathetic to David Baltimore. Kevles' research has focused primarily on the history of science in America and the interactions between science and society. A central theme in much of his work has been the tension between elite science and the norms of democratic control. He is best known for his accessible and original interpretative histories of physics and eugenics , and for an extensive body of scholarship that ranges widely across the histories of the physical sciences, life sciences, and technology. His books include The Physicists ,  a history of the American physics community, In the Name of Eugenics , currently the standard text on the history of eugenics in the United States and Britain,  and The Baltimore Case ,  a study of accusations of scientific fraud.