Using the published work of Nobel Laureate Niels Kaj Jerne, this book shows how he developd his ideas. The book is a compilation of his published work, but in fact it is much more than that. Whether the reader wants to read the book systematically, or only browse, it opens a fascinating world of hypotheses, theories, facts and vistas. His selection theory, his view of how immunological diversity is created, and his concept of lymphocytes interacting as a network, reveals Jerne's revolutionary spirit. The book ought to be a rich source of inspiration for everyone interested in science and how science is made.
A study of avidity based on rabbit skin responses to diphtheria toxin antioxin mixtures, N.K. Jerne; The natural-selection theory of antibody formation, N.K. Jerne; Plaque formation in Agar by single antibody-producing cells, N.K. Jerne, A.A. Nordin; The natural selection theory of antibody formation; Ten years later:, in: "Phage and the origins of molecular biology", N.K. Jerne; The somatic generation of immune recognition, N.K. Jerne; The immune system, N.K. Jerne; Towards a network theory of the immune system, N.K. Jerne; Idiotypic networks and other preconceived ideas, N.K. Jerne; The generative grammar of the immune system, N.K. Jerne. (Part contents).