Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press (March 6, 2012)
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popular culture meets state of the art technological know-how during this one-volume creation to the background of technological know-how and smooth biology.“[Weissmann] has emerged within the final 3 a long time as America’s best and demanding essayist. He has completed this prestige either epigenetically and during Twitter, observe of mouth, as a way to communicate. . . . very like Susan Sontag, Weissmann likes being a modern, and doesn't consider shackled by means of culture. . . . This booklet is a pleasure for the guts and instructive for the mind.” —ERIC KANDEL, Nobel Laureate and writer of looking for Memory“Only a brain as nimble and good traveled as Gerald Weissmann’s might see, by no means brain make and expound on, the connections among salamanders and Prohibition . . . white blood cells, Hollywood and erectile disorder . . . health and wellbeing care reform and Marie Antoinette . . . micro organism, the equivalent Rights modification and the “Miracle at the Hudson.” greater but, Weissmann does so with wit and perception. a desirable travel via historical past, technology and pa culture.” —MAX GOMEZ, MD, Emmy Award-winning WCBS-TV scientific Correspondent“Erudite strength leaps from this full of life commingling of artwork, tradition and technological know-how. . . . In every one [essay], Weissmann reveals hyperlinks among study and parts of heritage and pa tradition, which play off one another to illuminating influence. So US baby-kisser Sarah Palin pops up in a dialogue of ‘Marie Antoinette syndrome’. . . and the ‘meltdown’ of the legendary Icarus meets the nuclear model on the Fukushima Daiichi strength plant in Japan.” —NatureEpigenetics, which makes an attempt to give an explanation for how our genes reply to the environment, is the most recent twist at the historical nature vs. nurture debate. In addressing this and different controversies in modern technological know-how, Gerald Weissmann faucets what he calls “the social community of Western Civilization,” together with the various ignored ladies of technology: from the martyred Hypatia of Alexandria, the 1st girl scientist, to the Nobel laureates Marie Curie, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, and Elizabeth Blackburn, between different luminaries within the box. regularly instructive and sometimes hilarious, this can be a one-volume advent to fashionable biology, considered in the course of the lens of today’s mass media and the longer historic culture of the medical Revolution. no matter if conducting the healthcare debate or imagining the long run prose styling of the medical study paper within the age of Twitter, Weissmann proves to be certainly one of our so much incisive cultural critics and satirists.Gerald Weissmann is director of the Biotechnology examine heart on the big apple collage college of drugs and editor-in-chief of the FASEB magazine. His essays and reports have seemed in several courses world wide, together with the London overview of Books and long island instances booklet overview.