The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity

The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity

by Francois Jacob
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691000425

ISBN-13: 9780691000428

Pub. Date: 04/19/1993

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691000428
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/19/1993
Series:
Princeton Science Library Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Programme1
1The Visible Structure19
Generation20
Deciphering Nature28
Mechanism32
Species44
Preformation52
Heredity67
2Organization74
Memory and Heredity75
The Hidden Architecture82
Life88
The Chemistry of Life92
The Plan of Organization100
The Cell111
3Time130
Cataclysms131
Transformations142
Fossils152
Evolution160
4The Gene178
Experimentation180
Statistical Analysis192
The Birth of Genetics201
The Dance of the Chromosomes209
Enzymes226
5The Molecule247
Macromolecules249
Micro-organisms260
The Message267
Regulation279
Copy and Error286
Conclusion: The Integron299
Notes325
Index339

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