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THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Science writer Kean (The Disappearing Spoon: and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, 2010) returns with another wide-ranging, entertaining look at science history, this time focusing on the many mysteries of DNA.The author examines numerous discoveries in more than a century of DNA and genetics research, including such familiar ... Read full review

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User Review  - UberButter - LibraryThing

The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, And Genius, As Written By Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean ★★★★ Last year I read Sam Kean’s other book, The Disappearing Spoon, and was ... Read full review

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

This is a good book about the current understanding of DNA and genetics. Sam Kean is not a professional in the field, but he seems knowledgeable and well read in the area. The writing style if fluent ... Read full review

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User Review  - murderbydeath - LibraryThing

Absolutely excellent read! Very accessible, well-researched, and entertaining. I really appreciate Sam Kean's writing style and I got an awful lot out of this book; even if I knew some of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

The only - I repeat the only - silver lining to being taught jack squat when I was in school is that books like these take boring school textbookesque information and refashion it beautifully with ... Read full review

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User Review  - eachurch - LibraryThing

An entertaining history of DNA and the scientists who strove (and are striving) to figure out how inheritance works. Kean is a wonderfully clear and concise writer whose enthusiasm for his subject readily infects his reader. Read full review

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User Review  - dooney - LibraryThing

Kean has a great talent for making difficult subjects clear and easy to understand. Of course the technique he uses, of combining the story of DNA with the stories of the scientists who study it and ... Read full review

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User Review  - nbmars - LibraryThing

You may recognize the author’s name because of his previous bestselling book about the periodic table, The Disappearing Spoon. In this book, he tackles genetics, doing a fine job in explaining a very ... Read full review

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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

I think I enjoyed [The Vanishing Spoon] a bit more. But Kean still was able to keep me--a science know-nothing--reading cover to cover. I may not understand molecular biology, but I understand the double helix of DNA a bit better. The anecdotal stories are delightful! Definitely worth a read. Read full review

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User Review  - ScoutJ - LibraryThing

Another great work by Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon. This one focuses on DNA and, like Spoon is chock full of good science as well as fascinating stories to illustrate such. Highly recommended! Read full review

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