Vital Forces: The Discovery of the Molecular Basis of Life, Volume 945

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Combining science and biography into a seamless chronological narrative, the author of Vital Forces brings to life the successes and failures, collaborations and feuds, and errors and insights that produced the revolution in biology. 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.

  • 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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Contents

The Revolution in Chemistry Has Come to Pass
1
The Maze of Organic Chemistry
19
A Singular Inward Laboratory
53
The Catalytic Force
75
Building Stones of Protoplasm
101
The Chemical and Geometrical Phenomena of Heredity
123
The Megachemistry of the Future
155
The Giant Molecules of the Living Cell
193
The Hereditary Codescript
237
The Ubiquitous Spiral
257
Our Thread of Ariadne
279
Nature is Blind and Reads Braille
307
References
337
Selected Readings in the History of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
343
Name Index
348
Subject Index
352

The Chemical Basis of Genetics
209

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About the author (2000)

Graeme Hunter studied biochemistry at the University of Glasgow, graduating with the degree of Ph.D. in 1980. He carried out post-doctoral research at Stanford University and the University of Toronto. In 1988, Dr. Hunter became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Alberta. Since 1991, he has held the position of Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.Dr. Hunter's current research interests are in the areas of biomineralizatin and the history and philosophy of biology.