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Author Hunter, Graeme K.

Title Vital forces : the discovery of the molecular basis of life / Graeme K. Hunter
Published San Diego : Academic Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 364 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits
Contents List of Plates. -- Preface. -- Acknowledgements. -- The Revolution in Chemistry Has Come to Pass. -- The Maze of Organic Chemistry. -- A Singular Inward Laboratory. -- The Catalytic Force. -- Building Stones of Protoplasm. -- The Chemical and Geometrical Phenomena of Heredity. -- The Megachemisry of the Future. -- The Giant Molecules of the Living Cell. -- The Chemical Basis of Genetics. -- The Heredity Code-script. -- The Ubiquitous Spiral. -- Our Thread of Ariadne. -- Nature is Blind and Reads Braille. -- References. -- Selected Readings in the History of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. -- Name Index. -- Subject Index
Revolution in chemistry has come to pass -- Maze of organic chemistry -- Singular inward laboratory -- Catalytic force -- Building stones of protoplasm -- Chemical and geometrical phenomena of heredity -- Megachemistry of the future -- Giant molecules of the living cell -- Chemical basis of genetics -- Hereditary code-script -- Ubiquitous spiral -- Our thread of ariadne -- Nature is blind and reads braille
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Biochemistry -- History.
Life -- Origin -- Research -- History.
Molecular biology -- History.
Vital force -- Research -- History.
Biochemistry -- history.
Molecular Biology -- history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0080543634 (electronic bk.)
9780080543635 (electronic bk.)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)