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A Skeptical Biochemist

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$89.00 • £71.95 • €80.00

ISBN 9780674810778

Publication Date: 05/01/1992


6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Preface
  • 1. Biochemistry and Skepticism
  • 2. Perspectives on the “Scientific Method”
    • The Views of Peter Medawar
    • Claude Bernard and his Médecine Expérimentale
    • Justus von Liebig on Francis Bacon
    • On Craftsmanship
    • On Hypotheses in the Biochemical Sciences
    • Sanger and Insulin: A Case History
    • The Perils of the Search for Simplicity
  • 3. The Interplay of Biology and Chemistry
    • The Nineteenth-Century Debates
    • The Emergence of Biochemistry
    • Nineteenth-Century Cytology, Embryology, and Microbiology
    • Twentieth-Century Embryology versus Genetics
    • The Emergence of Biochemical Genetics
    • A “Sack Full of Enzymes”?
    • On Biomolecular Structure
    • Jacques Monod and “Allostery”
    • On “Energy-Rich Phosphate Bonds”
    • The Dynamics of Biochemical Processes
    • On Biochemical Function and Purpose
    • On Specificity and Individuality
    • Evolutionary Theory and the “Unity of Biology”
  • 4. Approaches to the History of the Biochemical Sciences
    • Sciences
    • On Historians of Chemistry
    • On Historians of the Biochemical Sciences
    • On Scientific Disciplines
    • On the “Origins of Molecular Biology”
    • On Scientific Biography and Autobiography
  • 5. Reflections on the Biochemical Literature
    • “The Words of the Tribe”
    • Is the Scientific Paper a Fraud?
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Personal Names
  • Index of Subjects

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