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Of Flies, Mice, and Men

Francois Jacob, Giselle Weiss (Translator)

Buy this book at Amazon.com or try Amazon.co.uk in England, Amazon.ca in Canada, Amazon.de in Germany, Amazon.fr in France, Amazon.it in Italy, Amazon.es in Spain. ASIN=0674005384, Category: Science, Language: E, cover: PB, pages: 166, year: 2001.

François Jacob, Nobel laureate, scientist, historian, and one of the pioneers in genetic research presents the dangers and potentials of natural science in microbiology. His book is illustrated by historical culture. For example, a fly is generally considered boring and useless. But because it proliferates so fast, 30 years ago it made a career in laboratories worldwide as an object to experiment with life itself. Drosophila gave birth to fundamental knowledge of modern genetics: The difference between the various living beings is not in the genes but in different combination of the same basic building blocks. We know that in the meantime, thanks to e.g.: Matt Ridley's Genome, but what makes "Flies, Mice, and Men" outstanding is that you'll find intersting parables about scorpions, frogs and snakes, Zeus and women, odipus, the paradoxical clairvoyant Teiresias, tabus, transgression, and conflicts in marriage. This book is one of the rare hardtoputdowners.

In "Flies, Mice, and Men" I've read about gastrulation for the first time, but it was not explained in detail and rated mysterious. You'll find more about gastrula in Rudolf Steiner's The Riddles of Philosophy, quote:

(In this chapter Steiner explains the differences in the Haeckel/Hegel world conceptions concerning Darwinism; I'm sure it's not Steiner's fault, but even a careful read wasn't enough to find out who's right -quote Steiner: "Hegel explains nature from the spirit; Haeckel derives the spirit from nature"-, which is kind of frustrating, given the importance of the question - or maybe the question is wrong?)

Read more about "Flies, Mice, and Men" in the IBS review of the book's German translation.