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From Man to Ape

Adriana Novoa and Alex Levine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226596167
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226596181 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226596181.001.0001
From Man to Ape

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Upon its publication, On The Origin of Species was critically embraced in Europe and North America. But how did Charles Darwin's theories fare in other regions of the world? This book offers a history and interpretation of the reception of Darwinism in Argentina, illuminating the ways culture shapes scientific enterprise. In order to explore how Argentina's particular interests, ambitions, political anxieties, and prejudices shaped scientific research, this book focuses on Darwin's use of analogies. Both analogy and metaphor are culturally situated, and by studying scientific activity at Europe's geographical and cultural periphery, the book shows that familiar analogies assume unfamiliar and sometimes startling guises in Argentina. The transformation of these analogies in the Argentine context led science—as well as the interaction between science, popular culture, and public policy—in surprising directions.

Keywords: On The Origin of Species; Charles Darwin; Darwinism; Argentina; scientific research; analogy; metaphor; science; popular culture; public policy

Book.  293 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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