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Lewis Thomas (1913–1993)

Forfatter af The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher

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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 vis mere and president emeritus of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and professor of medicine at the Cornell Medical School. His erudite books have earned him a wide audience, making him one of the best-known advocates of science in the United States during the past 20 years. For example, The Lives of a Cell won the National Book Award in arts and letters in 1974, and The Medusa and the Snail won the American Book Award for science in 1981. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Bidragyder — 803 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Bidragyder — 772 eksemplarer
Darwin (Norton Critical Edition) (1970) — Bidragyder — 651 eksemplarer
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Bidragyder — 413 eksemplarer
Mikrokosmos : fire milliarder års udvikling (1986) — Forord — 302 eksemplarer
The Incredible Machine (1986) — Forord — 255 eksemplarer
Ants, Indians, and little dinosaurs (1975) — Bidragyder — 191 eksemplarer
Eight Modern Essayists (1980)nogle udgaver177 eksemplarer
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Bidragyder — 142 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 1993 (1993) — Bidragyder — 121 eksemplarer
The Woods Hole Cantata: Essays on Science and Society (1985) — Forord, nogle udgaver100 eksemplarer
The Cold and the Dark: The World After Nuclear War (1983) — Forord, nogle udgaver97 eksemplarer
Granta 16: Science (1985) — Bidragyder — 82 eksemplarer
A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Bidragyder — 80 eksemplarer
An Almanac for Moderns (1935) — Efterskrift, nogle udgaver77 eksemplarer
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer
Last Aid: The Medical Dimensions of Nuclear War (1963) — Forord — 42 eksemplarer

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Haven't aged well. Not that Thomas is wrong, it's just that many of his concerns now seem irrelevant - so much has changed in the past 40 years.
FKarr | 6 andre anmeldelser | Dec 31, 2023 |
2023 - ‘70’s Immersion Reading Challenge

The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher (#1) by Lewis Thomas (1974; 1884 ed.) 180 pages.

This book is not what I thought it was going to be about. I have basal cell melanoma on my nose that keeps popping up. I thought I could learn a thing or two. But, nope! It contains an assortment of short essays of the authors thoughts, opinions and ideas on lives of cells, their use and their purpose for existing in different species here on earth. You will need to keep a dictionary close by.

It is very reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos (1980), except Thomas focuses more on earth; whereas, Sagan focuses on the universe. But, like Sagan, Thomas was a bit of a dreamer and rambled on and on about a lot of “what ifs”. What if we were to communicate with aliens in outer space? What if we had control over our own cells, telling them what to do instead of them telling us what to do? Rambling! This was a long, tedious and an absolute boring read.

Just so you know where this author stands on the issue of the formation of life, he states:

The uniformity of the earth’s life, more astonishing than its diversity, is accountable by the high probability that we arrived, originally, from some single cell, fertilized in a bolt of lightning as the earth cooled. (p. 3)

You will read a lot of his opinions stated as facts about evolution with no mention of God’s helping hand in the matter what-so-ever. That’s fine. As an adult, accept it or not.

But, why would I even need to know that he is a Democrat in this sort of book? As he is describing the life cycle of a slime mold cell, he writes:

At first they are single amebocytes swimming around, eating bacteria, aloof from each other, untouching, voting straight Republican. (p. 14) Hmm!

Really? But, if he wants to go there, then I get to put my two cents in too…just sayin'.
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MissysBookshelf | 30 andre anmeldelser | Aug 27, 2023 |
Thomas has a feel for biology and is very good at sharing his thoughts.
mykl-s | 30 andre anmeldelser | Aug 12, 2023 |
Interesting stories, interesting data.
mykl-s | 9 andre anmeldelser | Aug 4, 2023 |



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