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.
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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 CellAbout the Author:
François Jacob, a Nobel Prize laureate in medicine, is one of the leading molecular biologists of our era.
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Book Description 1989. (London), Penguin, (1989). Wrappers, pp. xii, 430. Paper browned else fine. ISBN 0 14 055242 1. "Two classic accounts of the nature of life by a supreme - and Nobel Prize-winning - scientist" (cover blurb). Bookseller Inventory # 101761