The kindly Dr. Guillotin: and other essays on science and life

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Counterpoint, 1997 - Literary Collections - 199 pages
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In this collection of forty vignettes, biologist Harold Morowitz delights in discovering scientific principles behind such everyday phenomena as doing laundry or registering a car with the DMV. The title essay reflects on the circumstances that caused the name of Joseph Ignace Guillotin to become connected to a mechanical contraption he neither invented, built, nor used. While he relies on the disciplines of science to illuminate life on earth, Morowitz celebrates -- with wonder and wit -- the world's unfathomable mysteries.

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THE KINDLY DR. GUILLOTIN: and Other Essays on Science and Life

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More short takes (40 of them) from polymath biophysicist Morowitz (Entropy and the Magic Flute, 1993), ensconced now on the faculty at George Mason University in Virginia. The order of the essays is ... Read full review

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People and Places
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Language
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in Science
65
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About the Authors:
Harold J. Morowitz is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy at George Mason University and the author of The Thermodynamics of Pizza and Cosmic Joy and Local Pain. James S. Trefil is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. He is the
coauthor of Dictionary of Cultural Literacy and Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy.

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