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Vital Forces : The Discovery of the Molecular Basis of Life - Graeme K. Hunter

Vital Forces

The Discovery of the Molecular Basis of Life

Hardcover Published: 3rd May 2000
ISBN: 9780123618108
Number Of Pages: 364

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Vital Forces tells the history of the 'biochemical revolution', a period of unprecedentedly rapid advance in human knowledge that profoundly affected our view of life and laid the foundation for modern medicine and biotechnology. The story is told in a clear, engaging, and absorbing manner. This delightful work relates the fascinating and staggering advances in concepts and theories over the last 200 years and introduces the major figures of the times.
Vital Forces also describes the discovery of the molecular basis of life through the stories of the scientists involved, including such towering figures as Louis Pasteur, Gregor Mendel, Linus Pauling, and Francis Crick. Combining science and biography into a seamless chronological narrative, the author brings to life the successes and failures, collaborations and feuds, and errors and insights that produced the revolution in biology.
* Vividly describes dramatic scientific discoveries, personalities, feuds and rivalries
* Answers a general readers quest to understand the nature of life, and the relevance of biochemistry/molecular biology to modern medicine, industry and agriculture

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"The casual reader might belive that a history of science book is likely to be very dull reading. This is not the case here... The flow of ideas take center stage and for those with any interest in science, the author displays with elegance and skill the development of many of the key ideas that currently dominate biological research. This should be required reading for students in this area and can surely be of value to even the most experienced invesetigator. Well documented with many personal vignettes, this is an engaging and intelligent book. The author is to be commended for capturing the sense of intellectual development as well as the excitement of discovery. Anyone interested in modern biology would be interested in this book." - Choice 2001

List of Platesp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xx
The Revolution in Chemistry Has Come to Passp. 1
The Maze of Organic Chemistryp. 19
A Singular Inward Laboratoryp. 53
The Catalytic Forcep. 75
Building Stones of Protoplasmp. 101
The Chemical and Geometrical Phenomena of Heredityp. 123
The Megachemistry of the Futurep. 155
The Giant Molecules of the Living Cellp. 193
The Chemical Basis of Geneticsp. 217
The Hereditary Code-scriptp. 245
The Ubiquitous Spiralp. 265
Our Thread of Ariadnep. 287
Nature is Blind and Reads Braillep. 315
Referencesp. 345
Selected Readings in the History of Biochemistry and Molecular Biologyp. 351
Name Indexp. 356
Subject Indexp. 360
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ISBN: 9780123618108
ISBN-10: 012361810X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 3rd May 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.74

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