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    DescriptionElegant, 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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    Title
    The Lives of a Cell
    Subtitle
    Notes of a Biology Watcher
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lewis Thomas
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 5153
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140047431
    ISBN 10: 0140047433
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    LC classification: QH307.2
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: PSF
    DC21: 571.6
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26730
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 574.01
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI008000, SCI017000, SCI080000
    DC22: 301.31/01
    LC classification: QH331 .T45 1978
    Thema V1.0: PSF
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    forms, transparencies
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Australia
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Australia
    Publication date
    01 December 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Hawthorn
    Review text
    An assemblage of twenty-nine short essays on the recent genetic and molecular biologic revolution, presenting a holistic vision of nature: the earth as a superorganism of species, societies as superorganisms of individuals, man as the superorganism of organelles, and so on. Thomas, a pathologist at N.Y.U., has a quasi-religious faith in the ultimate power of genetic coding and the mysteries of probability and possibility. He proposes that the in-born template for human behavior is a capacity for grammatical construction. As the purpose of a termite community is nest-building, correspondingly human beings are under genetic instructions to order information into language. The scientists are ready to get in touch with interested celestial bodies for a little extraterrestrial conversation, and Thomas votes for Bach as emissary - "all of Bach, streamed out into space, over and over again." He's something of a cosmic dreamer, but romance is no doubt a prerequisite for this kind of laboratory research. (Kirkus Reviews)