National Book Critics Circle, Nonfiction, 2000
Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting skills to the story of Seymour Benzer, the Brooklyn-born maverick scientist whose study of genetics and experiments with fruit fly genes has helped revolutionize or knowledge of the connections between DNA and behavior both animal and human.
How much of our fate is decided before we are born? Which of our characteristics is inscribed in our DNA? Weiner brings us into Benzer's Fly Rooms at the California Institute of Technology, where Benzer, and his asssociates are in the process of finding answers, often astonishing ones, to these questions. Part biography, part thrilling scientific detective story, Time, Love, Memory forcefully demonstrates how Benzer's studies are changing our world view--and even our lives.
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This is a profound science book
- Timothy A. Smith
An Excellent Look at the History of Biology
'Time, Love, Memory' presents a well-written and consistently interesting history of modern biology. By examining major figures in the field and describing various research breakthroughs, Weiner crafts an excellent book for anyone interested in the science of biological behavior.