The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas
Love science and poetry? This book of essays is for you!
Synopsis from Goodreads: Anticipates the kind of writing that will appear more frequently as scientists take on poetic language in order to communicate human truths too mysterious for old-fashioned commonsense.
Elegant, suggestive & clarifying, Thomas' humane vision explores the world & examines the complex interdependence of all things. Extending beyond the usual limitations of biological science & into a vast world of hidden relationships, this book explores in personal, poetic essays to topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects & medicine.
He 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 & large, good for us."
- 1975 copy, 9th printing, of The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas
- there's a tear in the dust jacket on the back, though otherwise great condition