The Atheist and the Holy City: Encounters and Reflections

Paperback | February 25, 1992

byGeorge KleinTranslated byTheodore Friedmann, Ingrid Friedmann

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In this series of 15 essays, which won the Letterstedt Prize, Sweden's equivalent of the Pulitzer, distinguished cell biologist George Klein shares his considerable insights on science and on human nature. Organized loosely as "The Wisdom and Folly of Scientists," "Journeys," "Viruses and Cancer," and "La Condition Humaine," the essays range from lucid explanations of biological and genetic processes to personal remembrances and studies of famous scientists to discussions of the complicity of science and medicine in the Nazi extermination camps.George Klein has led the Department of Tumor Biology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm for more than three decades.

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In this series of 15 essays that won the Letterstedt Prize...the essays range from lucid explanations of biological and genetic processes to personal remembrances and studies of famous scientists to discussions of the complicity of science and medicine in the Nazi extermination camps.

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In this series of 15 essays, which won the Letterstedt Prize, Sweden's equivalent of the Pulitzer, distinguished cell biologist George Klein shares his considerable insights on science and on human nature. Organized loosely as "The Wisdom and Folly of Scientists," "Journeys," "Viruses and Cancer," and "La Condition Humaine," the essays...

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In this series of 15 essays that won the Letterstedt Prize...the essays range from lucid explanations of biological and genetic processes to personal remembrances and studies of famous scientists to discussions of the complicity of science and medicine in the Nazi extermination camps.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:February 25, 1992Publisher:The MIT Press

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ISBN - 10:0262610779

ISBN - 13:9780262610773

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Atheist in The Kingdom I stumbled upon this book and was intrigued, at first, by the title. I needed something to "pass the time." I read it in one instance, finding page after page of unexpected insight. The amazing part of the experience for me was that I read it under fairly poor conditions. A snow storm in Ottawa with the plane delayed due to the conditions, finally leaving late and ascending through violent turbulence, the whole plane shaking, landing a couple of hours later and skidding slightly on the snow covered runway–and I was reading Klein throughout. The plane ride was like the book: dangerous at times, exhilarating, vigorous in detail, and lasting in memory. I have since read _Pieta_ and _Live Now_ and wonder about the purely scientific works. This is a work about spirit by a man who has been "accused" of being religious.
Date published: 2001-03-10

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In this series of 15 essays that won the Letterstedt Prize...the essays range from lucid explanations of biological and genetic processes to personal remembrances and studies of famous scientists to discussions of the complicity of science and medicine in the Nazi extermination camps.

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