Translated by Spillmann,(BE). 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. `One of the most important discussions yet published of the recent advances in molecular biology' - Times Literary Subject.
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
Preface 1The Visible Structure Generation Deciphering Nature Mechanism Species Preformation Heredity 2Organization Memory and Heredity The Hidden Architecture Life The Chemistry of Life The Plan of Organization The Cell 3Time Cataclysms Transformations Fossils Evolution 4The Gene Experimentation Statistical Analysis The Birth of Genetics The Dance of the Chromosomes Enzymes 5The Molecule Macromolecules Micro-organisms The Message Regulation Copy and Error Conclusion: The Integron Notes Index
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