Searching for Molecular Solutions:Empirical Discovery and Its Future Ian S. Dunn
Consumed by her pursuit of a Theory of Everything, a brilliant California scientist struggles to deal with life in and outside the lab Doctor Esme Charbonneau Tallich´s passion is cosmology, the science of the origin of the universe; specifically, she is searching for a TOE, or a Theory of Everything. Esme is a feminist maverick, a rogue thinker. Hired as a professor of molecular biology at the University of Greater California, she prefers the ´´bench science´´ of organic chemistry at one extreme and ´´walking out into space´´ at the other. Her marriage to a TV director and aspiring stand-up comedian is rocky. Esme´s five-year-old daughter, Ollie, the sun in her galaxy, seems an enigma. Too readily diagnosed by professionals as ´´challenged´´, even possibly autistic, she is, like Esme, a renegade thinker and creative mind. Her use of language is poetic, not deficit driven or conventional. As her marriage dissolves, Esme´s struggle to maintain custody of Ollie and autonomy for herself and her work is set against the backdrop of the beckoning cosmos. Her tantalizing closeness to discovery of a grand unified theory - as psychiatric professionals, lawyers, and Esme´s estranged husband also close in on Ollie, seeking to medicate and restructure her - heightens tension while also offering hope. The discovery that Esme seeks is twofold: enlightenment and equilibrium in the troubled universes of her personal and professional lives. Saving St. Germ is a provocative, dramatic look at a single mother´s life at the edge of the universe - and the center of the human heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Woodward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017596/bk_adbl_017596_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Practical Computing for Biologists shows you how to use many freely available computing tools to work more powerfully and effectively. The book was born out of the authors´ own experience in developing tools for their research and helping other biologists with their computational problems. Many of the techniques are relevant to molecular bioinformatics but the scope of the book is much broader, covering topics and techniques that are applicable to a range of scientific endeavours. Twenty-two chapters organized into six parts address the following topics (and more; see Contents): - Searching with regular expressions - The Unix command line - Python programming and debugging - Creating and editing graphics - Databases - Performing analyses on remote servers - Working with electronics While the main narrative focuses on Mac OS X, most of the concepts and examples apply to any operating system. Where there are differences for Windows and Linux users, parallel instructions are provided in the margin and in an appendix. The book is designed to be used as a self-guided resource for researchers, a companion book in a course, or as a primary textbook. Practical Computing for Biologists will free you from the most frustrating and time-consuming aspects of data processing so you can focus on the pleasures of scientific inquiry.