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