The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher

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Penguin Books, 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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Brief glimpses into the many facets of our biological cosmos. Combines wit, professional insight and a strong sense about the human condition. Read full review

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In 1974, Lewis Thomas wrote in 'The Lives of a Cell' that the function of humans is communication: 'We pass thoughts around, from mind to mind, so compulsively and with such speed that the brains of ... Read full review

Contents

The Lives of a Cell
3
Thoughts for a Countdown
6
On Societies as Organisms
11
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About the author (1978)

Lewis Thomas was a physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, he was the dean of Yale Medical School and New York University School of Medicine, and the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute. He wrote regularly in the New England Journal of Medicine, and his essays were published in several collections, including The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, which won two National Book Awards and a Christopher Award, and The Medusa and the Snail, which won the National Book Award in Science. He died in 1993.

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