Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Publication Title

Journal of the History of Biology

Abstract

Richard Goldschmidt was one of the most controversial biologists of the mid-twentieth century. Rather than fade from view, Goldschmidts work and reputation has persisted in the biological community long after he has. Goldschmidts longevity is due in large part to how he was represented by Stephen J. Gould. When viewed from the perspective of the biographer, Goulds revival of Goldschmidt as an evolutionary heretic in the 1970s and 1980s represents a selective reinvention of Goldschmidt that provides a contrast to other kinds of biographical commemorations by scientists.\r\n\r\nKeywords: Richard Goldschmidt, hopeful monsters, evolutionary synthesis, Stephen J. Gould, punctuated equilibrium, biography

DOI

10.1007/s10739-011-9271-y

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