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Privileged Hands: A Scientific Life
This remarkable memoir by the great marine biologist Geerat Vermeij, who is perhaps the world's leading authority on marine mollusks and who has been blind since the age of three, resonates on several levels: it is, first of all, a profound and vivid exploration of the current state of evolutionary theory; secondly, an engaging memoir of scientific exploration carried out ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by W.H. Freeman & Company
(first published August 15th 1996)
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A great little autobiography. Traces the life and times of a conchologist who knew what he wanted to be from the time his elementary-school teacher brought in some shells she picked up on vacation in Florida. From there the author paddled upstream through years of science courses, very competitive university work, his doctoral thesis, and a variety of teaching and research jobs, with a lot of amazing-sounding trips to beaches all over the world to collect shells and study their living architects ...more