The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
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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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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Excellent book. Written in the 1970s, so you have to approach this knowing a few things will be out of date. With that in mind, there are also many observations that seem downright prescient, and many parts of the book could have just as well been written today. Read full review
The Lives of a Cell
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