The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology (Penguin Press Science)

4.51 avg rating
( 166 ratings by GoodReads )
9780140178005: The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology (Penguin Press Science)

Tells of the beginnings of molecular biology and the revolution in life sciences that resulted from the discovery of the structure of DNA.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.


In the foreword to The Eighth Day of Creation, the expanded edition of his 1979 masterpiece, Horace Freeland Judson says, "I feared I might seem the official historian of the movement"--molecular biology, that is. If by official he means "authoritative; definitive; the standard against which all others are measured" then his fears are warranted.

Detailed without being overly technical, humane without being fulsome, The Eighth Day of Creation tells of molecular biology's search for the secret of life. "The drama has everything--exploration of the unknown; low comedy and urgent seriousness; savage competition, vaulting intelligence, abrupt changes of fortune, sudden understandings; eccentric and brilliant people, men of honour and of less than honour; a heroine, perhaps wronged; and a treasure to be achieved that was unique and transcendent." And in Judson, this drama found its very own Shakespeare. --Christine Buttery


"A historian has mused that the memory of man is too frail a thread on which to hang history; Judson's achievement, in drawing out the memories of so many participants in the epic of molecular biology and weaving them into a single robust skein, is magisterial. His work fittingly commemorates a golden age which already seems as remote as that of Darwin and Huxley." Nature"This reissue of a pioneering history of molecular biology, for some years out of print, is essentially a reprint of the first edition of 1979. Horace Judson has corrected a few minor errors (remarkably few for such a fact-filled book), given a sharper emphasis to Frederick Sangers' work on protein sequencing to reflect his (Judson's) conviction of its central importance, and added some personal details to a biographical sketch of Rosalind Franklin. Finally, an epilogue touches very briefly on developments in the 1970s that were the foundations for the subsequent vast expansion of molecular biologyEL. This epilogue obviously is not meant to bring Judson's original story up to the presentthat would take another large bookbut only to point readers to topics that Judson leaves for other historians to explore. The Eighth Day of Creation has aged well, like a good vintage, and its very good to have it available again." ISIS"The revelations of modern biology make a remarkable human and scientific story, and it has never been told better than in Horace Freeland Judson's The Eighth Day of CreationEL. What is especially fortunate is that he is a graceful writer with a keen sense of the human as well as the scientific dramaEL. I finished the book with a great sense of elation and a deepened sense of admiration for what the human family, at its best, can accomplish." (Review of the First Edition) JEREMY BERNSTEIN, New York Times Book Review"In his massive, marvelous history of molecular biologyEL Judson introduces us to many fiendishly clever experiments, some fi

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace


Judson, Horace Freeland
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0140178007 ISBN 13: 9780140178005
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140178007 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0140178007

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.26
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds