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Click to edit Master subtitle style 5/2/11 Reading the language of life
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5/2/11 Logistics corner Remember to turnitin.com your Google essays by midnight Thursday. The version you hand into your TA has to be the same as the one you submit to turnitin.com! Crick exercise is due not next week but the week after, but it is highly recommended that you write it soon after visiting the archive.
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5/2/11 Recap How did the industrial revolution change the way people read the landscape? What did this do to nineteenth century ideas of time? What is the ‘doctrine of Malthus’?
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5/2/11 Leaving traces Last Monday I started talking about ‘the method of clues’ – the deciphering of physical traces left behind by historical processes. On Wednesday I talked about archives as a historical trace, and gave you some background on Francis Crick in preparation for your encounter with his archive.
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5/2/11 Reading nature: from book to archive to illegible Seventeenth century naturalists talked about the book of nature. Charles Lyell talked about the ‘chronological series of Nature’s archives.’ Darwin talked about ‘the natural geological record, as a history of the world imperfectly kept, and written in a changing dialect’
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5/2/11 Today’s lecture Tells the story of how the book of nature began to seem, at least in theory, startlingly legible again. After the structure of DNA was figured out, the question arose how it worked.
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