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The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity

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Overview

In The Logic of Life François Jacob looks at the way our understanding of biology has changed since the sixteenth century. He describes four fundamental turning points in the perception of the structure of living things: the discoveries of the functions of organs, cells, chromosomes and genes, and DNA.

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Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker - Jeremy Bernstein
Brilliant. . . . One thing the book reveals to the general reader is the interconnection of the development of biological ideas with the development of the rest of science and technology.
Science - Arnold W. Ravin
[A] lucid account of man's changing ideas about heredity. [It] seizes and stimulates the imagination.
Washington Post Book World - Edward Edelson
François Jacob, who won the Nobel Prize in 1965 for his work on genetics, has written an unusual and illuminating history of his discipline. It is not so much a history of science as a history of the ideas of science.
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"Brilliant. . . . One thing the book reveals to the general reader is the interconnection of the development of biological ideas with the development of the rest of science and technology."--Jeremy Bernstein, The New Yorker

"[A] lucid account of man's changing ideas about heredity. [It] seizes and stimulates the imagination."--Arnold W. Ravin, Science

"Franois Jacob, who won the Nobel Prize in 1965 for his work on genetics, has written an unusual and illuminating history of his discipline. It is not so much a history of science as a history of the ideas of science."--Edward Edelson, Washington Post Book World

"[One of] the most important discussions yet published of the recent advances in molecular biology. . . ."--The Times Literary Supplement

Science
[A] lucid account of man's changing ideas about heredity. [It] seizes and stimulates the imagination.
— Arnold W. Ravin
Washington Post Book World
François Jacob, who won the Nobel Prize in 1965 for his work on genetics, has written an unusual and illuminating history of his discipline. It is not so much a history of science as a history of the ideas of science.
— Edward Edelson
The New Yorker
Brilliant. . . . One thing the book reveals to the general reader is the interconnection of the development of biological ideas with the development of the rest of science and technology.
— Jeremy Bernstein
The Times Literary Supplement
[One of] the most important discussions yet published of the recent advances in molecular biology. . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691000428
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/1993
  • Series: Princeton Science Library Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,171,070
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Programme 1
1 The Visible Structure 19
Generation 20
Deciphering Nature 28
Mechanism 32
Species 44
Preformation 52
Heredity 67
2 Organization 74
Memory and Heredity 75
The Hidden Architecture 82
Life 88
The Chemistry of Life 92
The Plan of Organization 100
The Cell 111
3 Time 130
Cataclysms 131
Transformations 142
Fossils 152
Evolution 160
4 The Gene 178
Experimentation 180
Statistical Analysis 192
The Birth of Genetics 201
The Dance of the Chromosomes 209
Enzymes 226
5 The Molecule 247
Macromolecules 249
Micro-organisms 260
The Message 267
Regulation 279
Copy and Error 286
Conclusion: The Integron 299
Notes 325
Index 339
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