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Biology in the Grid

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Phillip Thurtle, Biology in the Grid: Graphic Design and Envisioning of Life, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018)

How grids paved the way for our biological understanding of organisms

Phillip Thurtle explains how the grid came to dominate biology in the twentieth century, transforming biologists’ beliefs about how organisms were constructed. Biology in the Grid ultimately suggests that such a grid-organized understanding of natural life inevitably has social and political dimensions, with society recognized as being made of interchangeable, regulated parts rather than as an organic whole. 

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