In college I had no interest in sciences. Shortly after graduating I was asked by a Washington, DC, weekly to review a new book, Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by the biologist Dr. Lewis Thomas, director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute.
I said, "Why give me this?" The response: "If you like it, it'll sell."
Anticipates the kind of writing that will appear more frequently as scientists take on poetic language in order to communicate human truths too mysterious for old-fashioned common sense. Elegant, suggestive & clarifying, Thomas' humane vision explores the world & examines the complex interdependence of all things. Extending beyond the usual limitations of biological science & into a vast world of hidden relationships, this book explores in personal, poetic essays to topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects & medicine. He writes, "Once you have become permanently startled, as I am, by the realization that we are a social species, you tend to keep an eye out for the pieces of evidence that this is, by & large, good for us." - Goodreads
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