Designs for Life: Molecular Biology After World War II

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Juni 2002



An important 2002 study on the making of molecular biology and its cultural contexts.


Introduction; Part I. Postwar Reconstruction and Biophysics: 1. World War II and the mobilisation of British scientists; 2. Reconstructing life; 3. Proteins, crystals and computers; 4. Televisual language; Part II. Building Molecular Biology: 5. Locating the double helix; 6. Disciplinary moves; 7. The origins of molecular biology revisited; Part III. Bench Work and Politics: 8. Laboratory cultures; 9. On the governmental agenda; 10. The end of an era; Conclusions.


Soraya de Chadarevian is Senior Research Associate and Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Zwischen den Diskursen: Maurice Merleau-Ponty und die Wissenschaften (1990), and co-editor (with Harmke Kamminga) of Molecularizing Biology and Medicine: New Practices and Alliances 1910s-1970s (1998). She is advisory editor of Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences.


Review of the hardback: 'De Chadarevian's historical account is recommended to all who are interested in the development of molecular biology.' Nature Review of the hardback: 'The author combines painstaking scholarship with superb narrative skills, and a gift for explaining technical matters accessibly ... required reading for anyone interested in the politics, personalities and mechanics of science - from sixth formers to government ministers.' John Cornwell, The Sunday Times Review of the hardback: 'This is a scholarly work ... but it is also very readable ... the book is a 'must' for academics teaching molecular biology, and for anyone with even a passing interest in the history of what perhaps will be the most pervasive science of the 21st century.' Microbiology Today Review of the hardback: 'De Chadarevian meticulously traces the place of biophysics in the heady post-war expansion of British science ...[A] composite portrait of the ways a new science is shaped by local circumstance.' Times Higher Education Supplement Review of the hardback: '... the book provides a fresh perspective on well-trodden ground and should fuel the continuing controversy about how, where and why molecular biology first came into being.' BioEssays Review of the hardback: 'De Chadarevian is to be congratulated on the fascinating wealth of information which she has assembled about this classic period in the development of biological science in Britain.' Endeavour Review of the hardback: '... Designs for Life is a very useful addition to the history of molecular biology.' Ambix
EAN: 9780521570787
ISBN: 0521570786
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2002
Seitenanzahl: 423 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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