The Lives of a Cell

The Lives of a Cell : Notes of a Biology Watcher

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 5153 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • forms, transparencies
  • 0140047433
  • 9780140047431
  • 95,899

Table of contents

The Lives of a Cell
Thoughts for a Countdown
On Societies as Organisms
A Fear of Pheromones
The Music of This Sphere
An Earnest Proposal
The Technology of Medicine
The Long Habit
Antaeus in Manhattan
Organelles as Organisms
Your Very Good Health
Social Talk
Death in the Open
Natural Science
Natural Man
The Iks
The Planning of Science
Some Biomythology
On Various Words
Living Language
On Probability and Possibility
The World's Biggest Membranes
Reference Notes
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About Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas was a physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, he was the dean of Yale Medical School and New York University School of Medicine, and the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute. He wrote regularly in the New England Journal of Medicine, and his essays were published in several collections, including The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, which won two National Book Awards and a Christopher Award, and The Medusa and the Snail, which won the National Book Award in Science. He died in 1993.
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