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The Logic of Life:
A History of Heredity
François Jacob
Translated by Betty E. Spillmann

Paperback | 1993 | $45.00 | £37.95 | ISBN: 9780691000428
368 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
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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.


"Brilliant. . . . One thing the book reveals to the general reader is the interconnection of the development of biological ideas with the development of the rest of science and technology."--Jeremy Bernstein, The New Yorker

"[A] lucid account of man's changing ideas about heredity. [It] seizes and stimulates the imagination."--Arnold W. Ravin, Science

"François Jacob, who won the Nobel Prize in 1965 for his work on genetics, has written an unusual and illuminating history of his discipline. It is not so much a history of science as a history of the ideas of science."--Edward Edelson, Washington Post Book World

"[One of] the most important discussions yet published of the recent advances in molecular biology."--The Times Literary Supplement


"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 Cell

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