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    Breeding Without Mendelism: Theory and Practice of Dairy Cattle Breeding in the Netherlands 1900–1950. [REVIEW]Bert Theunissen - 2008 - Journal of the History of Biology 41 (4):637 - 676.
    In the 1940s and 1950s, Dutch scientists became increasingly critical of the practices of commercial dairy cattle breeders. Milk yields had hardly increased for decades, and the scientists believed this to be due to the fact that breeders still judged the hereditary potential of their animals on the basis of outward characteristics. An objective verdict on the qualities of breeding stock could only be obtained by progeny testing, the scientists contended: the best animals were those that produced the most productive (...)
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    The Beginnings of the "Delft Tradition" Revisited: Martinus W. Beijerinck and the Genetics of Microorganisms. [REVIEW]Bert Theunissen - 1996 - Journal of the History of Biology 29 (2):197 - 228.
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    Closing the Door on Hugo de Vries' Mendelism.Bert Theunissen - 1994 - Annals of Science 51 (3):225-248.
    Recent studies have shown that Hugo de Vries did not rediscover Mendel's laws independently and that the classical story of the rediscovery of Mendel is largely a myth. Until now, however, no satisfactory account has been provided of the background and development of de Vries' views on heredity and evolution. The basic tenets of de Vries' Mutationstheorie and his conception of Mendelism are still insufficiently understood. It has been suggested that de Vries failed to assimilate Mendelism and that he wrote (...)
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    Darwin and His Pigeons. The Analogy Between Artificial and Natural Selection Revisited.Bert Theunissen - 2012 - Journal of the History of Biology 45 (2):179 - 212.
    The analogy between artificial selection of domestic varieties and natural selection in nature was a vital element of Darwin's argument in his Origin of Species. Ever since, the image of breeders creating new varieties by artificial selection has served as a convincing illustration of how the theory works. In this paper I argue that we need to reconsider our understanding of Darwin's analogy. Contrary to what is often assumed, nineteenth-century animal breeding practices constituted a highly controversial field that was fraught (...)
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    Breeding Without Mendelism: Theory and Practice of Dairy Cattle Breeding in the Netherlands 1900–1950.Bert Theunissen - 2008 - Journal of the History of Biology 41 (4):637-676.
    In the 1940s and 1950s, Dutch scientists became increasingly critical of the practices of commercial dairy cattle breeders. Milk yields had hardly increased for decades, and the scientists believed this to be due to the fact that breeders still judged the hereditary potential of their animals on the basis of outward characteristics. An objective verdict on the qualities of breeding stock could only be obtained by progeny testing, the scientists contended: the best animals were those that produced the most productive (...)
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    Breeding for Nobility or for Production? Cultures of Dairy Cattle Breeding in the Netherlands, 1945–1995.Bert Theunissen - 2012 - Isis 103 (2):278-309.
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    The Oostvaardersplassen Fiasco.Bert Theunissen - 2019 - Isis 110 (2):341-345.
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    Rebecca J. H. Woods. The Herds Shot Round the World: Native Breeds and the British Empire, 1800–1900. 233 Pp., Illus., Notes, Bibl., Index. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. ISBN 9781469634654. [REVIEW]Bert Theunissen - 2019 - Isis 110 (1):198-199.
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    The Beginnings of The?Delft Tradition? Revisited: Martinus. Beijerinck and the Genetics of Microorganisms.Bert Theunissen - 1996 - Journal of the History of Biology 29 (2):197-228.
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    The Relevance of Cuvier's Lois Zoologiques for His Palacontological Work.Bert Theunissen - 1986 - Annals of Science 43 (6):543-556.
    Historians of science have repeatedly, and justly, pointed to the discrepancy between theory and practice in the writings of Cuvier. This discrepancy is especially conspicious in his palaeontological works. No satisfactory analysis of the relation between theory and practice in Cuvier's palaeontology has appeared as yet. In this paper I shall point out the shortcomings of the interpretations of E. S. Russell, H. Daudin, W. Coleman, M. J. S. Rudwick and B. Balan. These authors either overrated or underestimated the role (...)
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    Frans Verdoorn – Biohistorie.Bert Theunissen - 2013 - Studium : Revue D’Histoire des Sciences Et des Universités 6 (3):292.
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    Huib J. Zuidervaart;, Rob H. Van Gent. Between Rhetoric and Reality: Astronomical Practices at the Observatory of the Amsterdam Society “Felix Meritis,” 1786–1889. 152 Pp., Illus., Apps., Bibl., Index. Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren, 2013. €19. [REVIEW]Bert Theunissen - 2014 - Isis 105 (3):668-668.
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    Turning Refracting Into a Science: F. C. Donders' ‘Scientific Reform’ of Lens Prescription.Bert Theunissen - 2000 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 31 (4):557-578.
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    Een Mooie Koe is Een Goede Koe. Wetenschappers En Practici Over de Nederlandse Rundveefokkerij, 1900-1950.Bert Theunissen - 2008 - Studium : Revue D’Histoire des Sciences Et des Universités 1 (1):47.
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    Alexander Numan en de veredeling van de Nederlandse schapenrassen.Jesper Oldenburger & Bert Theunissen - 2015 - Studium : Revue D’Histoire des Sciences Et des Universités 8 (2):65-83.
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    Andrew Goss. The Floracrats: State‐Sponsored Science and the Failure of the Enlightenment in Indonesia. Xvi + 256 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Index. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011. $19.95. [REVIEW]Bert Theunissen - 2012 - Isis 103 (1):190-191.
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  17. brief Universiteitsgeschiedenis. Zowel de fusie van verenigingen als de daarmee gepaard gaande verbreding van de scope van het tijdschrift zijn het gevolg van een recente ontwikkeling binnen de weten-schapsgeschiedenis, namelijk het vervagen van de grenzen tussen de specialisten van de alfa-, bèta, en gammavakken. Scherpe grenzen tussen de academische disciplines waren.Bert Theunissen & Huib Zuidervaart - 2008 - Studium : Revue D’Histoire des Sciences Et des Universités 1:1-2.
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  18. Ellinor Schweighöfer. Vom Neandertal nach Afrika: Der Streit um den Ursprung der Menschheit im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. 424 pp., figs., index. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2018. €37 . ISBN 9783835332096. [REVIEW]Bert Theunissen - 2019 - Isis 110 (4):841-842.
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