The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher
The medusa is a tiny jellfish that lives on the ventral surface of a sea slug found in the Bay of Naples. Readers will find themselves caught up in the fate of the medusa and the snail as a metaphor for eternal issues of life and death as Lewis Thomas further extends the exploration of a man and his world begun in "The Lives of a Cell." Among the treasures in this magnificent book are essays on the human genius for making mistakes, on disease and natural death, on cloning, on warts, and on Montaigne, as well as an assessment of medical science and health care. In these essays and others, Thomas once again conveys his observations of the scientific world in prose marked by wonder and wit.
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Review: The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology WatcherUser Review - Dawn Lennon - Goodreads
A most curious and engaging book, full of insights and revelations from a unique perspective of biological ourselves as living things--humans. We often talk about the fact that we're just human but ... Read full review
Review: The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology WatcherUser Review - Max - Goodreads
Lewis' second book was a bit of a letdown after reading his first, The Lives of a Cell. That book had a central theme - the cell as a model for society – and some fascinating ideas flowed from the ... Read full review