Lives Of A Cell: Notes Of A Biology Watcher by Lewis ThomasLives Of A Cell: Notes Of A Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas

Lives Of A Cell: Notes Of A Biology Watcher

byLewis Thomas

Paperback | February 23, 1978

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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."
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...
Title:Lives Of A Cell: Notes Of A Biology WatcherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.7 × 5.09 × 0.41 inPublished:February 23, 1978Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140047433

ISBN - 13:9780140047431

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Top 10 Titles This is one of my favourite non-fiction books. It is series of essays of the author's philosophic observations about our world (the earth = a cell), who we are and why we are here, and science in general. Thomas offers clear and captivating thoughts and insights. I have purchased several copies of this book for friends and relatives—my copy stays with me.
Date published: 2001-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Lives of a Cell I think it was okay but really hard to understand.
Date published: 1999-09-19

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