On Beyond Living: Rhetorical Transformations of the Life Sciences

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With careful readings of key texts from the history of molecular biology - such as those of Erwin Schrodinger, George Gamow, Jacques Monod, and Francois Jacob - the author maps out the complex relations between the practices of rhetoric and the technoscientific triumphs they accompanied, triumphs that bolstered a "postvital" biology that increasingly elides and questions the boundary between organisms and machines.
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"On Beyond Living makes an important contribution to the discourse on the social construction of molecular biology. It will find a wide audience both in the social and cultural studies of science and in the rhetoric of science. The book fills a real and pressing need to look closely at assumptions and rhetorics that are all too often accepted without question. It is an important, indeed pathbreaking, book in its field."—N. Katherine Hayles, University of California, Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804727648
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Series: Writing Science Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Sublime Object of Biology 1
2 Mr. Schrodinger Inside Himself: The Rhetorical Origins of the Genetic Code 25
3 From Codes to Words: George Gamow and the Age of the World Scripture 39
4 It's a Nucleic Acid World: Monod, Jacob, and Life's Future 65
5 Allergies of Reading: DNA, Language, and the Problem of Origins 86
6 Emergent Power: Vitality and Theology in Artificial Life 109
Notes 135
Bibliography 163
Index 171
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