The Rutherford dictum and its meaning for biology
Rutherford's assertion that all science is physics and stamp collecting is considered in terms of what he might have meant, and what it means for other scientists, specifically biolgists and social scientists. It is concluded that Rutherford was simply wrong, but it does raise the issue of how general theory is in biology at large, including the social sciences. There is a brief review of some possible candidates for general theories in biology, and the importance of the differences between process and mechanism is stressed.
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