Selection of 42 original papers.
Present at the Flood tells the story of the rise of structural molecular biology-proteins and DNA-by immersing the reader in the original papers, written by the scientists who actually did the work. 187 pages from 42 essential scientific papers are reprinted, along with diagrams and commentaries to make them intelligible to the modern reader. The book achieves a personal note because the author was a worker in later years of the field and knew many of the key participants.
; Introduction; Your Cells are Not Micelles!; Workers of the World, Cast off your Chains!; The Folding and Coiling of Polypeptide Chains; The Race for the DNA Double Helix; How to Solve a Protein Structure; High-Resolution Protein Structure Analysis; The Knowledge Explosion; Epilogue; Appendix 3 : Irving Geis, the Molecular Vesalius; Appendix 2: Highly Recommended Reading; PART I: THE HISTORY OF WHAT WE TODAY CALL MOLECULAR BIOLOGY; PART II: PERSONALITIES INVOLVED IN THE WORK