Haldane's Daedalus Revisited


When J. B. S. Haldane's Daedalus or Science and the Future was first published in 1923, it was greeted by instant controversy due to its predictions of future scientific developments--including "test-tube" babies. Now Haldane's Daedalus Revisited combines a reprint of that classic work together with a discussion by world-renowned scientists (including two Nobel laureates) regarding its relevance today and what it tells us about the complex relationship between technology, society, and politics. Including contributions from Joshua Lederberg, M.F. Perutz, Freeman Dyson and Ernest Mayr, Elof Carlson, David Weatherall, N. Avrion Mitchison, and the editor, Krishna Rao Dronamraju, the book offers a unique, thought-provoking examination of how predictions can have a dramatic impact on the development of science, technology, politics, and our philosophy of ethics in general. All students, teachers, and researchers in the biomedical sciences, ethics, social science, science history, and ethics will want to read this book.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Krishna R. Dronamraju
  • J. B. S. Haldane
  • M. F. Perutz
  • Freeman Dyson
  • Yaron Ezrahi
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford
Publication year:
  • 1995


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