Figure and Ground
Translating the Genome

by Tom Sgouros, Jr.

May 8, 2001

Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait. --G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1908)

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  • Patterns and Languages
  • The Language of Our Genes
  • Whose Idea Was This?
  • What A Difference Context Makes
  • More Complications
  • How Do The Complications Add Up?
  • Who Needs Genes?
  • We've Known This All Along
  • The Meaning: Mysterious Proteins
  • We Live In Our Environment, But It Doesn't Contain Us
  • References
  • Footnotes