ISBN-10:
0691000425
ISBN-13:
9780691000428
Pub. Date:
05/09/1993
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity

The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity

by François Jacob, Betty E. SpillmannFrançois Jacob

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691000428
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 05/09/1993
Series: Princeton Science Library Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

François Jacob, a Nobel Prize laureate in medicine, is one of the leading molecular biologists of our era.

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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"The most remarkable history of biology that has ever been written."Michel Foucault

"A great story. . . . A compact encyclopedia of biology, it manages to convey, for all the weight of its content, a sense of continual excitement and wonderment."—Lewis Thomas, author of The Lives of a Cell

Lewis Thomas

A great story. . . . A compact encyclopedia of biology, it manages to convey, for all the weight of its content, a sense of continual excitement and wonderment.
Lewis Thomas, author of "The Lives of a Cell"

Michel Foucault

The most remarkable history of biology that has ever been written.

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