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The Wellsprings of Life

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 2nd 1961 by Signet (first published 1960)
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Hollis
Feb 18, 2009 Hollis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an excellent trip around the world of biology: Asimov provides a nice synthesis of zoology, molecular biology and biochemistry to provide an answer to the question ''Why are we here?'' (although the book is a bit dated now). Actually, when I say ''a bit dated'' we're talking 1960 so yeah, probably best if you don't quote it in that physiology thesis you're working on. Still, all the main points are correct and the Good Doctor's clarity and wit can never age.
Bastian Greshake
Aug 06, 2016 Bastian Greshake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing history of biological science, written at a time shortly after the DNA structure was discovered thanks to Rosalind Franklin et al.

Starting out from the question "how does life come into existence" the book takes you through the evolution of evolutionary biology, cell biology and finally the humble beginnings of molecular biology. Covering most of the things you would learn in biology 101.

Written more story- than text book-like it's a fun and quick read
Anthony Faber
Feb 14, 2017 Anthony Faber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another look at biology, this time going top down from species to individual to cell.
Steven P.R.
Jun 17, 2014 Steven P.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is essentially an overview of the history of science. What's brilliant about it is that it is not told in a dry, non-fiction kind of way, but as a story. It was engaging and full of insight and the examples are quite stunning.

I definitely recommend this book if you're interested in learning the history of science.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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