The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher

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Penguin Books, Jan 1, 1978 - Science - 153 pages
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Elegant, suggestive, and clarifying, Lewis Thomas's profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things.  Extending beyond the usual limitations of biological science and into a vast and wondrous world of hidden relationships, this provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays to topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects, and medicine.  Lewis Thomas 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 and large, good for us."

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Amazing science writing. - Goodreads
A wonderful book, packed with fascinating insights. - Goodreads
insightful. the introduction, that is. - Goodreads
His writing is rather like that of Stephen Jay Gould. - Goodreads
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Full of interesting facts, details, and connections, but most powerfully an argument for the interconnectedness of all life, the sociability of man, and the power of language.

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Contents

The Lives of a Cell
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Thoughts for a Countdown
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On Societies as Organisms
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About the author (1978)

Lewis Thomas was born in Flushing, New York, and received his medical degree from Harvard University, with a specialization in internal medicine and pathology. He has been a professor at several medical schools, as well as dean of the Yale Medical School. Most recently Thomas has been chancellor and president emeritus of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and professor of medicine at the Cornell Medical School. His erudite books have earned him a wide audience, making him one of the best-known advocates of science in the United States during the past 20 years. For example, The Lives of a Cell won the National Book Award in arts and letters in 1974, and The Medusa and the Snail won the American Book Award for science in 1981.

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