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Ahead of the Curve: Volume 2

Hidden breakthroughs in the biosciences
Michael Levin, Dany Spencer Adams


The popular conception of science is of a steady, upward climb of progress. The reality is not that simple. Significant discoveries often stay unrecognized for decades, particularly if they conflict with the current paradigm or extend it in ways hard to imagine at the time. 

Ahead of the Curve: Hidden breakthroughs in the biosciences is a fascinating collection of lost research that the editors believe are important scientific contributions. The book highlights specific topics in biology including the roles of biophysical forces, mathematical descriptions of living systems, the importance of the no-treatment control, the fallacy of the lone pioneer, the power of light, and the cognitive aspects of biological systems with and without brains.

About Editors

Dany Adams is a research professor in the Department of Biology at Tufts University, USA.

Michael Levin is the Vannevar Bush Professor in the Department of Biology at Tufts University, USA. He is also the director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts and Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology.

Table of Contents


1. Medicine 

2. Foundations 

3. Bioelectricity 

4. Developmental Biology 

5. Medicine 

6. Cognition 


Hardback ISBN: 9780750316750

Ebook ISBN: 9780750316774

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1677-4

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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