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Like Mary Roach's books, Bill Gifford's _Spring Chicken_ is a wonderful amalgam of amazing scientific findings, deep philosophical questions, and delightfully self-deprecating humor. He deftly balances empirical objectivity and personal subjectivity--Gifford is Everyman on a quest to find out how to stay healthy longer (he emphasizes not miserable Tithonian longevity but active, healthy "old age"). Part memoir, part scientific inquiry, part self-help book, _Spring Chicken_ also addresses the troubling consequences of a planet full of centenarian consumers. Favorite line: "The people who want to live forever are the same peo
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It's such an enjoyable read. Being able to Write science in an anecdotal yet credible form should be recognized as an art and a powerful skill that Bill masters without a doubt.
He did a great deal of research. Most of these scientists that he mentioned I've looked up to for years because aging biology is a passion of mine but Bill give a totally original perspective on the work of these scientists and compiles everything beautifully in this book. Amazing work!!
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