Late Night Thoughts On Listening To Mahler's Ninth Symphony

Paperback | May 1, 1995

byLewis Thomas

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This magnificent collection of essays by scientist and National Book Award-winning writer Lewis Thomas remains startlingly relevant for today's world. Luminous, witty, and provocative, the essays address such topics as "The Attic of the Brain, " "Falsity and Failure, " "Altruism, " and the effects of the federal government's virtual abandonment of support for basic scientific research will have on medicine and science. Profoundly and powerfully, Thomas questions the folly of nuclear weaponry, showing that t brainpower and money spent on this endeavor are needed much more urgently for the basic science we have abandoned--and that even medicine's most advanced procedures would be useless or insufficient in the face of the smallest nuclear detonation. And in the title essay, he addresses himself with terrifying poignancy to the question of what it is like to be young in the nuclear age.

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This magnificent collection of essays by scientist and National Book Award-winning writer Lewis Thomas remains startlingly relevant for today's world. Luminous, witty, and provocative, the essays address such topics as "The Attic of the Brain, " "Falsity and Failure, " "Altruism, " and the effects of the federal government's virtual ab...

Lewis Thomas was born in Flushing, New York, and received his medical degree from Harvard University, with a specialization in internal medicine and pathology. He has been a professor at several medical schools, as well as dean of the Yale Medical School. Most recently Thomas has been chancellor and president emeritus of the Memorial S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.6 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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Table of Contents

Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony - Lewis Thomas The Unforgettable Fire
The Corner of the Eye
Making Science Work
Alchemy
Clever Animals
On Smell
My Magical Metronome
On Speaking of Speaking
Seven Wonders
The Artificial Heart
Things Unflattened by Science
Basic Science and the Pentagon
Science and "Science"
On the Need for Asylums
Altruism
Falsity and Failure
On Medicine and the Bomb
The Problem of Dementia
The Lie Detector
Some Scientific Advie
The Attic of the Brain
Humanities and Science
On Matters of Doubt
Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony
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