Phage and the Origins of Molecular Biology

Phage and the Origins of Molecular Biology

by John Cairns
     
 
This hugely influential book, published in 1966 as a 60th birthday tribute to Max Delbrück, is now republished as The Centennial Edition. On first publication, the book was hailed as "[introducing] into the literature of science, for the first time, a self-conscious historical element in which the participants in scientific discovery engage in writing their own

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This hugely influential book, published in 1966 as a 60th birthday tribute to Max Delbrück, is now republished as The Centennial Edition. On first publication, the book was hailed as "[introducing] into the literature of science, for the first time, a self-conscious historical element in which the participants in scientific discovery engage in writing their own chronicle. As such, it is an important document in the history of biology..." (Journal of History of Biology). And in another review it was described as "required reading for every student of experimental biology...[who] will sense the smell and rattle of the laboratory" (Bioscience). The book was a formative influence on many of today's leading scientists.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This 1992 expanded edition festschrift (for eminent molecular biologist Max Delbruck--1906-1981) comprises a reprint of the original 1966 edition with the addition of a new preface and three chapters previously published in Scientific American, Science, and Genetics, respectively. The essays discuss significant mileposts in the field over a 30-year period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Quarterly Review of Biology
There are those who cherish first editions, but the centennial edition, which contains everything in earlier versions, has a bonus beyond the inclusion of the gallery of photographs — it is cheaper than most of its well-worn predecessors. I heartily recommend the book to those who have never read these personal narratives of the early days of microbial genetics. All can benefit and learn from Phage and the Origins of Molecular Biology. Molecular biology is not dead! Long live the phage!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879694074
Publisher:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Edition description:
Expanded ed
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 10.63(h) x (d)

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