Author: Julia King

Evelyn Fox Keller received her Ph.D. in theoretical physics, with a dissertation in molecular biology, in 1963. For 12 years, she pursued a research career in mathematical physics and biology. Over the past 15 years, Keller shifted to the history and philosophy of science. She is well known for her investigations into the role of gender ideology in the development of science. In 1985, she published Reflections on Gender and Science (Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn.), in which she argued that modern science has been deeply influenced by its historic attachment to a particular ideal of masculinity. For science to reflect the values of all humankind, it is not enough simply to bring more women into science, Keller says. What is also required is a radical restructuring of the very language and goals of science. This essay was adpated from an article Keller wrote to appear...

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