RANGELEY — James Strick, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environment and chairman of the program in science, technology and society at Franklin and Marshall College, will sign his new book, “Wilhelm Reich, Biologist,” at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at the Rangeley Library.
Psychoanalyst, political theorist, pioneer of body therapies, prophet ?of the sexual revolution — all fitting titles, but Wilhelm Reich has never been recognized as a serious laboratory scientist, despite his experimentation with bioelectricity and unicellular organisms.
“Wilhelm Reich, Biologist” is an eye-opening reappraisal of one of 20th-century science’s most controversial figures — perhaps the only writer whose scientific works were burned by both the Nazis and the U.S. government. Disputing allegations of “pseudoscience” that have long dogged Reich’s research, James Strick argues that Reich’s lab experiments in the mid-1930s represented the cutting edge of light microscopy and time-lapse micro-cinematography and deserve to be taken seriously as legitimate scientific contributions.
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