At the turn of the twentieth century, four revolutionary scientific discoveries were made almost simultaneously: the gene, the electron, the quantum and the unconscious. One of the more important, if under-appreciated, developments of modern intellectual history is the way in which, as the decades passed, three of these discoveries brought the sciences together in a process that the American zoologist Edward O Wilson called ‘consilience’.
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