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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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By Timothy A. Smith on 05-12-10
This is a profound science book
I think it is very hard to write a science book that can be understood without pictures. This book does a very good job. It is always interesting, and frequently funny. Could you devise a test to see if fruit flies can learn? If fruit flies can learn with a head, can they learn without one? Will a headless fruit fly learn faster? These and other important questions are answered in this book. I am not going to spoil the book by revealing the insights that came from the experiments conducted in the highly competitive fly rooms around the world, but trust me.
I will go back and listen to this book again in a couple years.
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By Jonathan on 03-20-12
An Excellent Look at the History of Biology
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'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.
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