Praise for Sean B. Carroll's "Brave Genius"
"Suspenseful..."Brave Genius" is briskly paced and ambitiously sprawling, offering potted accounts of historical episodes large and small (the fall of France, the 1956 Hungarian crisis, Camus's famous feud with Jean-Paul Sartre, the discovery of the double helix), along with finer-grained descriptions of Camus's and Monod's work. Dr. Carroll has done some impressive archival digging, turning up fresh and often vivid details."
--"New York Times"
"Carroll beautifully encapsulates how two men seemingly so far apart in their philosophies and achievements both ended up sharing 'exceptional lives' transformed by 'exceptional events.'"
"Carroll does a masterful job of keeping the many elements together and the story moving....In 1959, C. P. Snow wrote of the "two cultures" -- that gulf between science and the humanities. "Brave Genius "provides an opportunity for those on both sides of the divide to sample a potent mix of genet-ics, philosophy and literature, forged in the twentieth-century tumult of war and cold war." --"Nature"
"[A]n exciting and impressively told tale."
"Readers will learn a good deal about symbolism in Camus' fiction and biochemistry in Monod's molecular biology. But, above all, they will learn about a luminous friendship forged in dark times. A rare chronicle of valiant thinkers fighting political oppression and transcending professional boundaries."
--"Booklist "(starred review)
"Carroll deftly weaves science and history together in his account of the lives, accomplishments, and friendship of two exceptional men...Spanning history, science, and philosophy, this dual biographical study of two significant 20th-century figures will appeal to a diverse audience."
"[S]killfully combining science, biography and history... An important story well-told."
" "show more