Biological Membranes was the subject of an earlier blog post. Charles Tanford, “The Hydrophobic Effect: Formation of Micelles and Biological Membranes”, 1st Edition, was published in 1973. The “Singer-Nicolson” biological membrane model of 1972, generated interest in the “Hydrophobic Effect”. The “effect” is the strong attraction of water for itself, and weak hydrocarbon attraction. The … Continue reading Charles Tanford, "The Hydrophobic Effect: Formation of Micelles and Biological Membranes, 2nd Edition, 1980.
The Singer-Nicolson model in biochemistry is second only to the Watson-Crick model in importance. The cell organelles of the two models: 1. cell membranes, and 2. genetic chromosomes are fundamental cellular structures. In the diagram above, proteins are large objects in the lipid fluid. The years 1953 and 1972 gave biochemistry these new idea models. Continue reading S. Singer & G. Nicolson, “The Fluid Mosaic Model of the Structure of Cell Membranes”, SCIENCE, 1972, volume 175, pages 720-731.
Johann L. W. Thudichum, in contrast to “The Spirit of Cookery” here writes on “The Chemical Constitution of the Brain”. Thudichum as biochemist founded “brain chemistry” studies. “The Spirit of Cookery: A Popular Treatise on the History, Science, Practice, and Ethical and Medical Import of Culinary Art” is a fine book by Johann L. W. … Continue reading Johann L. W. Thudichum, "The Chemical Constitution of the Brain", 1884.
Modern Library’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century, includes Whitehead & Russell, “Principia Mathematica” and other science books. James Watson, “The Double Helix”, D’Arcy Thompson, “On Growth and Form”, and Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” are among the 100 Best Nonfictions listed by Modern Library Publishers. Continue reading Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books.
The year 1543 AD is considered the start of the “Scientific Revolution” in Western society. Charles Percy Snow’s 1959 book, “The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution” is science versus humanities (arts). Scientist, versus Humanist (both Humorist and Artist) is a grouping that Arthur Koestler’s 1964 “Act of Creation” considers. C. P. Snow’s book was … Continue reading Charles Percy Snow, "The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution", 1959.