How Lysenkoism Became Pseudoscience: Dobzhansky to Velikovsky

  title={How Lysenkoism Became Pseudoscience: Dobzhansky to Velikovsky},
  author={Michael D. Gordin},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • M. Gordin
  • Published 2012
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Biology
At some point in America in the 1940s, T. D. Lysenko’s neo-Lamarckian hereditary theories transformed from a set of disputed doctrines into a prime exemplar of “pseudoscience.” This paper explores the context in which this theory acquired this pejorative status by examining American efforts to refute Lysenkoism both before and after the famous August 1948 endorsement of Lysenko’s doctrines by the Stalinist state, with particular attention to the translation efforts of Theodosius Dobzhansky… Expand

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