Mutant Utopias: Evening Primroses and Imagined Futures in Early Twentieth-Century America

@article{Endersby2013MutantUE,
  title={Mutant Utopias: Evening Primroses and Imagined Futures in Early Twentieth-Century America},
  author={J. Endersby},
  journal={Isis},
  year={2013},
  volume={104},
  pages={471 - 503}
}
  • J. Endersby
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Isis
  • Hugo de Vries's mutation theory is now little more than a footnote to the history of biology, a failed theory that briefly led a few biologists astray. However, for the first quarter of the twentieth century it attracted considerable attention from both professional biologists and laypeople. De Vries's theory—together with the plant, Oenothera lamarckiana, that had supplied most of his evidence—became the focus of a surprising variety of imaginative hopes. Scientists and their various publics… CONTINUE READING
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