Reconceiving the Gene
Seymour Benzer's Adventures in Phage Genetics
Imprint: Yale University Press
Drawing on Benzer’s remarkably complete record of his experiments, his correspondence, and published sources, this book reconstructs how the former physicist initiated his work in phage biology and achieved his landmark investigation. The account of Benzer’s creativity as a researcher is a fascinating story that also reveals intriguing aspects common to the scientific enterprise.
“Holmes, a master of the historical fine-mapping of science, uses Benzer’s pathbreaking contributions to show how molecular biology and classical genetics converged in the mid-twentieth century.”—Angela Creager, Princeton University
"Famous for his exploration of the investigative pathways by which scientists have arrived at major discoveries, the late Professor Holmes has here applied this approach to Benzer's study of the fine structure of the genetic map of a bacterial virus. Scholarly, authoritative and a revelation."—Robert Olby, University of Pittsburgh