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Private Science of Louis Pasteur: 306 Paperback – 1 July 2014

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""The Pasteur who emerges from these pages is a creative, even brilliant, scientist but a distinctly unattractive human being. . . . [Geison] provides a far more interesting and generally persuasive view of Pasteur's work than the earlier, more flattering accounts. . . . Geison's controversial but stunning biography raises many important questions about the nature of science, past and present. . . . It requires us to reevaluate our heroes and consider the complexities of science as it is actually created instead of merely clinging to comforting and heroic myths. Elegantly written, beautifully produced, and very reasonably priced.""---Elizabeth Fee, Ph.D., The New England Journal of Medicine

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"The most original account of Pasteur's science and his personality to appear. . . . a remarkable example of judicious, balanced scholarly treatment of very difficult issues. This book will be of great interest both within and outside the scholarly fields from which it emerges."--Frederic L. Holmes, Yale University

"This book is a scientific biography at its best. With a fine sense of judgment, clear exposition, and the sophistication of the seasoned scholar, Professor Geison has produced a tour-de-force. Unswayed by the extremes of social construction or the prejudices of an animus against science, he has nevertheless revealed the nature of the Pastorian legend and has traced out the manner of its construction. Pasteur emerges still the skillful experimentalist, but also a bold combatant, versed in the art of oratory, and so secretive about his day-to-day work that until his laboratory notebooks became available recently it was impossible to check the myths that have made the legend."--Robert Olby, University of Pittsburgh

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton University Press; 1st edition (1 July 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 418 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0691604975
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0691604978
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.39 x 23.5 cm
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