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I always used the book "Enzyme Structure and Mechanism" by Alan Fersht. (Structure and Mechanism in Protein Science: A Guide to Enzyme Catalysis and Protein Folding is the latest version, published in 1998.) Both in some courses I did and when working on (complex) enzymatic mechanisms. It's a classic (so a bit old maybe), but it covers all the basics and ...


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The Eighth Day of Creation by Horace Freeland Judson is quite good, in the genre you're looking for. Also, Science as a way of Knowing may fit the bill.


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Although it's not stricly about biology, A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson, especially chapter 5, is a good start to look for historical experiments.



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