Life Out of Sequence: A Data-driven History of Bioinformatics
by Hallam Stevens
The University of Chicago Press, 2013. 294 pages.
Life Out of Sequence is a lucid ethnographic and historical account of how computational tools changed how biologists think about and engage with living systems. In it, Hallam Stevens tells a captivating story about how genes and genomes become …
Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter
By Terrence Deacon
W. W. Norton, 2013, paperback, 627 pages.
Incomplete Nature is a big book, literally and conceptually. The subtitle “How Mind Emerged From Matter” hints of a grand synthesis and Terrence Deacon, chair of University of California–Berkeley’s anthropology department, presents a dense argument which defies usual labels. The result is part …