The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice and Other Classic Essays on Science

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This selection is taken from the published writings of Peter Medawar. The following list gives details of the essays' first publication. Most were later published in the two collections, Pluto Republic and The Threat and the Glory.
1. The Phenomenon of Man

Review of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man, Mind 70 ( 1961).

2. Hypothesis and imagination

Times Literary Supplement, 25 October 1963; reprinted in expanded form in The Art of the Soluble.

3. Is the scientific paper a fraud ?

Unscripted broadcast on BBC Third Programme, Listener 70, 12 September 1963. Reprinted in The Threat and the Glory; by permission of HarperCollins, New York.

4. The Act of Creation

Review of Arthur Koestler, The Act of Creation, New Statesman, 19 June 1964.

5. Darwin's illness

Review of Phyllis Greenacre, The Quest for the Father, and Gavin de Beer, Charles Darwin, New Statesman, 3 April 1964.

6. Two conceptions of science

Henry Tizard Memorial Lecture, Encounter 143 ( August 1965).

7. Science and the sanctity of life

Encounter 27, no. 6 ( December 1966).

8. J.B.S.

Review of Ronald Clark, J.B.S.: Life and Work of J. B. S. Haldane, New York Review of Books, 10 October 1968.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword - The Phenomenon of Medawar v
  • Contents xiii
  • Introduction xiv
  • 1 - The Phenomenon of man 1
  • 2 - Hypothesis and imagination 12
  • 3 - Is the scientific paper a fraud? 33
  • 4 - The Act of Creation 40
  • 5 - Darwin's illness 52
  • 6 - Two conceptions of science 59
  • 7 - Science and the sanctity of life 72
  • 8 - J.B.S. 86
  • 9 - Lucky Jim 94
  • 10 - On 'the effecting of all things possible' 104
  • 11 - Further comments on psychoanalysis 120
  • 12 - The strange case of the spotted mice 132
  • 13 - Unnatural science 144
  • 14 - Florey story 162
  • 15 - In defence of doctors 170
  • 16 - Expectation and prediction 182
  • 17 - Scientific fraud 196
  • 18 - Son of stroke*** 203
  • 19 - The question of the existence of God 207
  • 20 - On living a bit longer 212
  • Notes 218
  • Sources 228
  • Index 231
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