The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity (Princeton Science Library #62) (Paperback)

The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity (Princeton Science Library #62) By Fran├žois Jacob, Matthew Cobb (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Fran├žois Jacob, Matthew Cobb (Foreword by)
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"The most remarkable history of biology that has ever been written."--Michel Foucault

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Fran ois Jacob's The Logic of Life is a landmark book in the history of biology and science. Focusing on heredity, which Jacob considers the fundamental feature of living things, he shows how, since the sixteenth century, the scientific understanding of inherited traits has moved not in a linear, progressive way, from error to truth, but instead through a series of frameworks. He reveals how these successive interpretive approaches--focusing on visible structures, internal structures (especially cells), evolution, genes, and DNA and other molecules--each have their own power but also limitations. Fundamentally challenging how the history of biology is told, much as Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions did for the history of science as a whole, The Logic of Life has greatly influenced the way scientists and historians view the past, present, and future of biology.

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ISBN: 9780691182841
ISBN-10: 0691182841
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2022
Pages: 376
Language: English
Series: Princeton Science Library