By Sean B. Carroll

ISBN-10: 0307952339

ISBN-13: 9780307952332

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2008

The never-before-told account of the intersection of a few of the main insightful minds of the twentieth century, and a desirable examine how battle, resistance, and friendship can catalyze genius.

In the spring of 1940, the aspiring yet unknown author Albert Camus and budding scientist Jacques Monod have been quietly pursuing usual, separate lives in Paris. After the German invasion and profession of France, every one joined the Resistance to assist release the rustic from the Nazis, ascended to favorite, harmful roles, and have been very fortunate to outlive. After the conflict and during twists of condition, they turned associates, and during their passionate choice and infrequent expertise they emerged as best voices of recent literature and biology, every one receiving the Nobel Prize of their respective fields.

Drawing upon a wealth of formerly unpublished and unknown fabric amassed over a number of years of analysis, Brave Genius tells the tale of ways every one guy continued the main poor episode of the 20 th century after which blossomed into terribly inventive and engaged members. it's a tale of the transformation of standard lives into extraordinary lives through striking events--of braveness within the face of overwhelming adversity, the flowering of inventive genius, deep friendship, and of profound difficulty for and perception into the human condition.

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H e r favorites were the fantasies of Jules Verne and she swore to herself to surpass the exploits of his heroes, w hether in the air or u n d e r the sea. Dolls and dresses bo red her, and for her. birthdays she d em a n d e d books about faraway places, or better yet the whole world—a globe! She d ream ed not o f grow ing up to be a coquette, of fancy dress balls, b u t o f wild country a n d glacier-tipped peaks. At least, h e r parents m ight take h e r traveling on school holidays. T hey failed to, and so A lexandra tried vainly to escape.

To Alexandra, the British 8 B OOK ONE: T H E SEEKER G overnm ent of India was the antagonist she feared. Ironically, David M acdonald, T rade Agent at Gyantse, fu rth e re d David-Neel’s ambitions by sending h e r on to his family at Yatung in the C hum bi Valley. T h e ir loving treatm ent may have saved h e r life and Yongden’s, so weakened had they become th ro u g h fatigue and illness. Victoria, then only twenty, gave h e r respectable clothes to wear down into India. She thou g h t A lexandra the handsom est wom an she had ever seen.

She awoke at a siding and, calling out, discovered they had b o ard ed an express to Scotland. T hey would have to wait until evening when a local came thro u g h to re tu rn to London. It began to drizzle, and they sat u n d e r a little shelter. ” T h e youthful occultist launched into a strange tale o f how our fate is determ in ed by our astral double in the oth er world. T h e hours sped by, and although the notions elaborated by Villemain to his fascinated friend harked back to the neo-Platonists, they also corresponded to the beliefs of Tibetan B uddhism .

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