The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales Of Love, War, And Genius, As Written By Our Genetic Code

Paperback | July 16, 2013

bySam Kean

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FromNew York Timesbestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA.

InThe Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.

There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.

Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.

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FromNew York Timesbestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA.InThe Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.There ar...

Sam Kean is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellerThe Disappearing Spoon. His work has appeared inThe New York Times Magazine,Mental Floss,Slate, andNew Scientist, and has been featured on NPR's "Radiolab" and "All Things Considered."

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 1.12 inPublished:July 16, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316182338

ISBN - 13:9780316182331

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"The Violinist's Thumb delivers the same humor and insight--and delightful anecdotes--about DNA that Kean used to make the periodic table of the elements entertaining in his New York Times bestselling debut The Disappearing Spoon." -- Brooklyn Daily Eagle