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The Violinist's Thumb By Sam Kean

The Violinist's Thumb
by Sam Kean

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The story of human DNA has a valid claim to being the greatest story ever told. Along the highly entertaining way, we discover myriad gripping facts - did you know that in DNA terms we are 8 per cent virus? Or that DNA may be able to explain why some people like cats and crashing motorbikes? This title provides the answer to such questions.
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The Violinist's Thumb: And other extraordinary true stories as written by our DNA by Sam Kean

The story of human DNA has a valid claim to being the greatest story ever told. It goes back across the aeons to the primordial soup where life first began and takes us through every stage of evolution to the present, as well as posing urgent questions about humanity's future. Indeed in many ways, it can be said that mankind's biggest triumph is to have survived long enough to be able to tell this story at all. Standing on the shoulders of giants, Sam Kean tells this story with brilliance and humour. By telling the very personal stories of the people who have helped solve the mysteries of DNA stage by stage, he leads us through the complexities of such vast subjects as genetic theory, the mechanics of natural selection and the origins of life itself. Along the highly entertaining way, we discover myriad gripping facts - did you know that in DNA terms we are 8 per cent virus? Or that DNA may be able to explain why some people like cats and crashing motorbikes? "The Violinist's Thumb" is structured so that each chapter provides the answer to one mystery. Some are relatively recent - such as how humans acquired language or 'beat' the Neanderthals. Some reach back even further into our genetic past. By turns fascinating, hilarious and gob-smacking, this is a book which will change the way you see yourself and the world around you.

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The Violinist's Thumb Reviews


"The Violinist's Thumb is one of the Ten Books to Look Out for in 2012" New Scientist "Enthralling... wonderfully witty... Kean's thoughtful, humorous book is a joy to read" Publishers Weekly

About Sam Kean


Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a child and now he is a writer in Washington DC. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, Air & Space/Smithsonian and New Scientist. In 2009 he was a runner-up for the National Association of Science Writers' Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for best science writer under the age of thirty. He currently writes for Science. His first book, The Disappearing Spoon, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Royal Society's Winton Prize for science writing.

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GOR008584565
The Violinist's Thumb: And other extraordinary true stories as written by our DNA by Sam Kean
Sam Kean
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2012-07-05
416
0857520296
9780857520296
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.