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The Single Helix

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
THE SINGLE HELIX is a miscellany of a hundred easy pieces about science. It brings to life a vast diversity of subjects, united under the banner of scientific truth - the universal solvent that brings clarity to almost all the mysteries of the world we live in.

Scientists are trained to know ever more about even less but here Steve Jones sets out deliberately to explore sub
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 2nd 2006 by Abacus (first published 2005)
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Feb 10, 2010 Trevor rated it liked it
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I’m really fond of Yum Cha – despite the fact that it has been years since I’ve eaten Yum Cha – but I really like the idea of it. Lots of little dishes all quite different from each other that come in no particular order and are small enough for you to try things you wouldn’t normally dream of trying if that was all you were going to get, but it is okay given you are only going to have a bite or two to be adventurous.

Not too different from reading friends’ reviews here on Good Reads. I am pretty
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Dec 10, 2010 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it really liked it
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This is a good kind of book for reading in those spaces of time where you don't really have time to read. I could do with more books like it. It's a compendium of a hundred of Steve Jones's newspaper science articles (from the Daily Telegraph I think) and makes for interesting and thought provoking interludes without needing to engage your brain too deeply.
Mar 18, 2014 Rossdavidh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Subtitle: A Turn Around the World of Science. There are Big Idea books, and there are Many Ideas books (hopefully one is never stuck reading a book which only has one idea, worth 2-3 pages, which the author takes hundreds of pages to discuss, though such have doubtless been written). I have been reading a lot of Big Idea books, lately. This book, a collection of essays by Steve Jones (the biologist, not the guitar player), is a Many Ideas book.

It's less like an entree, and more like a bag of chi
Jun 05, 2014 Nikki rated it it was ok
Meh. This is a collection of short essays, which are easily digestible and often on interesting topics, but they don't go far enough into anything for me. Magpie-like as my brain can be when it comes to interesting facts, this was just too scanty.
Jan 31, 2009 Kaye rated it really liked it
A collection of short biology-related articles, this has been my "waiting room" book for quite some time. Now I've finally finished it, and I'm sorry to see it go. "A Taxonomist's Noel" is a hoot and well worth the price of the book.
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What a great book. Perfect bedside table reading. Well constructed, digestible essays.
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John Stephen Jones is a Welsh geneticist and from 1995 to 1999 and 2008 to June 2010 was Head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. His studies are conducted in the Galton Laboratory. He is also a television presenter and a prize-winning author on the subject of
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