Memoir of a Thinking Radish

Memoir of a Thinking Radish : An Autobiography

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The self-deprecating image of man - an amalgam of Pascal's "thinking reed" and Falstaff's "forked radish" - that provides a title for Peter Medawar's autobiography stems from his belief that the professional lives of scientists usually make dull reading. Sir Peter Medawar is a scientist of world renown, a member of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the British Academy. He won a Nobel Prize in 1960 for work that formed the basis of modern immunology and organ transplantation. He also wrote a series of essays: "Pluto's Republic", and two books: "Advice to a young scientist" and "The limits of science". He was awarded the order of merit in 1981. He describes this autobiography, loosely modelled on Coleridge's "Biographia Literaria", as "a book of opinions which my life may be regarded as a pretext for holding". He covers his early years in Rio de Janeiro, Oxford in the 1930s, illness and recovery and his work in a wide variety of institutions around the world.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137.16 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
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  • 0192820834
  • 9780192820839

About P. B. Medawar

About the Author The late Sir Peter Medawar, co-winner (with Sir Macfarlane Burnet) of the 1960 Nobel Prize for Medicine, wrote several other books, including Pluto's Republic and The Limits of Science.
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