Correen's Reviews > The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean
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Jul 23, 2012

it was amazing
Read from July 23 to 27, 2012

With aha and wow moments in every chapter, Kean leaves me exhausted and, yet, wanting more. The book is educational stories about the history and current state of genetics research – a subject that could be dry but Kean makes it exciting, informative, and often humorous. It is clear he knows his subject well, that he has not just worked but played with the language and information he presents. It is easier to read this book with a little knowledge of genetics, the human genome, and the nature of scientific research but it is not essential. Answers to any questions one might have could be found in Wikopedia, allowing one to move on quickly.

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