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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  - 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  - 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

Review: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

The author writes about DNA from its discovery to how scientists learned to interpret it and interpret genes, infighting among scientists working to map the genome, ethical issues, etc. He illuminates ... Read full review

Review: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

User Review  - Jimmy - Goodreads

The author's parents were named Gene and Jean. That's right: Gene and Jean Kean. What else could their son do but write a book about genetics? And a fun book it is, with some fascinating stories ... Read full review

Review: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

User Review  - Alvaro Pérez - Goodreads

One of the best books about genetics that I've read. The author has a great ability to mix seemingly unrelated anecdotes with real science to draw a great picture of the importance of DNA. He manages ... Read full review

Review: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

User Review  - Jill - Goodreads

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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