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The Panda’s Thumb

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The Panda's Thumb is a collection of Gould's monthly columns from Natural History Magazine. The essays cover not just biology and evolution but also "geology, history of science, gender and race relations, and the ever lasting debate between science and religion."

The Panda’s Thumb

by Stephen Jay Gould
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The Book
The Panda's Thumb is a collection of Gould's monthly columns from Natural History Magazine. The essays cover not just biology and evolution but also "geology, history of science, gender and race relations, and the ever lasting debate between science and religion."
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What Jim Collins says

We cannot understand our complex world without grasping the basic elements of evolutionary theory. All of Gould’s books on evolution and natural history are superb, but Panda’s Thumb is my favourite and is a good place to start.

The Lives of a Cell

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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. The result is a provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects, and medicine.

The Lives of a Cell

by Lewis Thomas
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The Book
Elegant, suggestive, and clarifying, Lewis Thomas's profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things. The result is a provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects, and medicine.
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What Atul Gawande says

I never thought I’d become a doctor / writer. I read Lewis Thomas’s ‘Lives of a Cell’ as an undergraduate and was completely captivated by Thomas’s way of thinking in completely literary terms about science.

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Combining the piercing insight of Joan Didion with humor reminiscent of Nora Ephron’s, Daum dissects our culture’s most dangerous illusions, blind spots, and sentimentalities while retaining her own joy and compassion. Through this collection of ten new essays, she dramatizes the search for an authentic self in a world where achieving an identity is never simple and never complete.
Combining the piercing insight of Joan Didion with humor reminiscent of Nora Ephron’s, Daum dissects our culture’s most dangerous illusions, blind spots, and sentimentalities while retaining her own joy and compassion. Through this collection of ten new essays, she dramatizes the search for an authentic self in a world where achieving an identity is never simple and never complete.
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What Cheryl Strayed says

Meghan Daum’s new book, “The Unspeakable,” is thrillingly good. In essays that range in subject matter from her complicated relationship with her dying mother to playing charades with the Hollywood elite at Nora Ephron’s house to her near death from a bacterial infection, Daum’s powers as one of the most emotionally exacting, mercilessly candid, deeply funny and intellectually rigorous writers of our time are on glorious display.