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Membranes to Molecular Machines: Active Matter and the Remaking of Life

Mathias Grote


This book tells the story of how a molecular-mechanical vision of life has become omnipresent in the sciences, biomedicine, and bio- and nanotechnologies of the late twentieth century. Thereby, it adds a novel historical chapter to the longstanding scientific and philosophical problem of the relationship between organisms and machines, now at the level of machine-like molecules. Investigating the history of research on proteins and cell membranes (an essential feature of life just as genes are), this book explores how life’s molecular machinery has been shaped by experimental investigation of ... More

Keywords: biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, history, epistemology, laboratory, experiment, materiality, mechanism, protein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226625157
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226625294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mathias Grote, author
Humboldt-University Berlin

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