Who wrote the book of life? : a history of the genetic code (Book, 2000) [WorldCat.org]
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Who wrote the book of life? : a history of the genetic code

Who wrote the book of life? : a history of the genetic code

Author: Lily E Kay
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2000.
Series: Writing science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Drawing on archives, published sources, and interviews, the author situates work on the genetic code (1953-1970) within the history of life science, the rise of communication technosciences (cybernetics, information theory, and computers), the intersection of molecular biology with cryptanalysis and linguistics, and the social history of postwar Europe and the United States."--Jacket.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lily E Kay
ISBN: 0804733848 9780804733847 0804734178 9780804734172
OCLC Number: 41967065
Description: xix, 441 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The genetic code: imaginaries and practices --
2. Spaces of specificity: the discourse of molecular biology before the Age of Information --
3. Production of discourse: cybernetics, information, life --
4. Scriptural technologies: genetic codes in the 1950s --
5. The Pasteur connection: Cybernétique enzymatique, gène informateur, and messenger RNA --
6. Matter of information: writing genetic codes in the 1960s --
7. In the beginning was the wor(l)d?
Series Title: Writing science.
Responsibility: Lily E. Kay.
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The history of one of the most important and dramatic episodes in modern science, recounted from the novel vantage point of the dawn of the information age and its impact on representations of  Read more...


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"[Who Wrote the Book of Life] offers a convincing and historically rich analysis of the origins and ongoing negotiations involved in the production of the genetic code. . . . Kay is doing the work of Read more...

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