Vital Forces: The Discovery of the Molecular Basis of Life

Paperback | February 22, 2001

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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. 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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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. The story is told in a clear, engaging, and absorbing manner. This delightful work relates the fascinating and staggeri...

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Vital Forces tells the history of the 'biochemical revolution', a 200-year quest to unravel the chemical secrets of the living cell. A period of unprecedentedly rapid advance in human knowledge the biochemical revolution profoundly affected our view of the nature of life, and laid the foundations of medicine and biotechnology.The story...

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 he...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 22, 2001Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0123618118

ISBN - 13:9780123618115

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Table of 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.

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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