Who Wrote the Book of Life?: A History of the Genetic Code

Who Wrote the Book of Life?: A History of the Genetic Code

by Lily E. Kay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804733848

ISBN-13: 9780804733847

Pub. Date: 01/01/2000

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Drawing on archives, published sources, and interviews, the author situates work on the genetic code (1953-1970) within the history of life science, the rise of communication technosciences (cybernetics, information theory, and computers), the intersection of molecular biology with cryptanalysis and linguistics, and the social history of postwar Europe and the United…  See more details below

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Drawing on archives, published sources, and interviews, the author situates work on the genetic code (1953-1970) within the history of life science, the rise of communication technosciences (cybernetics, information theory, and computers), the intersection of molecular biology with cryptanalysis and linguistics, and the social history of postwar Europe and the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804733847
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
Writing Science Series
Pages:
441
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.35(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1The Genetic Code: Imaginaries and Practices1
2Spaces of Specificity: The Discourse of Molecular Biology Before the Age of Information38
3Production of Discourse: Cybernetics, Information, Life73
4Scriptural Technologies: Genetic Codes in the 1950s128
5The Pasteur Connection: Cybernetique Enzymatique, Gene Informateur, and Messenger RNA193
6Matter of Information: Writing Genetic Codes in the 1960s235
7In the Beginning Was the Wor(l)d?294
Conclusion326
Notes335
Works Cited381
Index427

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