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Memoir Of A Thinking Radish: An Autobiography

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This fascinating volume presents the memoirs and reflections of Peter Medawar--the Nobel Prize-winning scientist and highly acclaimed author of Pluto's Republic, Aristotle to Zoos, and The Limits of Science. The image of man as a cross between Pascal's "thinking reed" and Falstaff's "forked radish," that Medawar invokes with the title to his autobiography, stems from his h ...more
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Published March 3rd 1988 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1986)
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Mike Suter
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the memoir of Peter Medawar, 1/2 British and 1/2 Lebanese Nobel laureate honored for his work around skin transplantation and graft rejection. Medawar studied at Oxford with brilliant scientists as well as literati like CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, and he fills his autobiography with anecdotes about them and his life in science, as well as his personal journey that included illness toward the end. A wise and wonderful book, especially for those interested in the inner life of a scientist.
Crosby
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I teach college level immunology. Dr. Medawar is one of the giants in the history of immunology having been responsible for advances in transplant immunology, immunological tolerance, lymphocyte biology, etc. Medawar is also known for his literary contributions to popularizing science. I read this book with the idea that it might provide some insight into how a first class scientist thinks as he goes about his profession. I was not disappointed. Not only does Medawar write well but he includes n ...more
Gary Shea
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A digital version of this edition can be found at and downloaded from Internet Archive (archive.org).
Dennis Dennis
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad book, and reasonably written, although rather episodic. But the author comes across as a complete arse. Which I doubt was his intention. Feels like it was written a lot longer ago than the mid-80s.
Cathy Hartel
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some of this was quite beyond me. I particularly liked this phrase "...the human comedy or the human predicament--very often the same thing". Good book that I'll add to my library some day. ...more
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