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Making Sense of Life

Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines

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$34.00 • £27.95 • €30.50

ISBN 9780674012509

Publication Date: 10/31/2003


400 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

5 halftones, 4 line illustrations


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • I. Models: Explaining Development without the Help of Genes
    • 1. Synthetic Biology and the Origin of Living Form
    • 2. Morphology as a Science of Mechanical Forces
    • 3. Untimely Births of a Mathematical Biology
  • II. Metaphors: Genes and Developmental Narratives
    • 4. Genes, Gene Action, and Genetic Programs
    • 5. Taming the Cybernetic Metaphor
    • 6. Positioning Positional Information
  • III. Machines: Understanding Development with Computers, Recombinant DNA, and Molecular Imaging
    • 7. The Visual Culture of Molecular Embryology
    • 8. New Roles for Mathematical and Computational Modeling
    • 9. Synthetic Biology Redux-Computer Simulation and Artificial Life
  • Conclusion: Understanding Development
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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