By Gerald Weissmann

ISBN-10: 1934137510

ISBN-13: 9781934137512

“[Weissmann] has emerged within the final 3 a long time as America's best and significant essayist. He has completed this prestige either epigenetically and during Twitter, observe of mouth, with the intention to communicate. . . . very like Susan Sontag, Weissmann likes being a modern, and doesn't consider shackled by way of culture. . . . This ebook is a pleasure for the center and instructive for the mind." —ERIC KANDEL, Nobel Laureate and writer of looking for Memory

“Only a brain as nimble and good traveled as Gerald Weissmann's may possibly see, by no means brain make and expound on, the connections among salamanders and Prohibition . . . white blood cells, Hollywood and erectile disorder . . . future health care reform and Marie Antoinette . . . micro organism, the equivalent Rights modification and the “Miracle at the Hudson." larger but, Weissmann does so with wit and perception. a desirable travel via heritage, technology and pa culture." —MAX GOMEZ, MD, Emmy Award-winning WCBS-TV clinical Correspondent

“Erudite strength leaps from this full of life commingling of paintings, tradition and technology. . . . In every one [essay], Weissmann unearths hyperlinks among study and parts of heritage and dad tradition, which play off one another to illuminating influence. So US baby-kisser Sarah Palin pops up in a dialogue of 'Marie Antoinette syndrome'. . . and the 'meltdown' of the legendary Icarus meets the nuclear model on the Fukushima Daiichi strength plant in Japan." —Nature

Epigenetics, which makes an attempt to give an explanation for how our genes reply to our surroundings, is the most recent twist at the ancient nature vs. nurture debate. In addressing this and different controversies in modern technology, Gerald Weissmann faucets what he calls “the social community of Western Civilization," together with the numerous ignored girls of technological know-how: from the martyred Hypatia of Alexandria, the 1st lady scientist, to the Nobel laureates Marie Curie, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, and Elizabeth Blackburn, between different luminaries within the box. constantly instructive and sometimes hilarious, this can be a one-volume advent to trendy biology, considered during the lens of today's mass media and the longer old culture of the clinical Revolution. no matter if conducting the healthcare debate or imagining the longer term prose styling of the clinical examine paper within the age of Twitter, Weissmann proves to be certainly one of our such a lot incisive cultural critics and satirists.

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