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The Honest Look

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In becoming a scientist, Claire Cyrus hopes to escape the fate of her dead father, a brilliant but critically unsuccessful poet whose poverty and bitterness derailed her own strong talent for verse. Soon after moving from England to take up her first job in a start-up biotech company in the Netherlands, she finds herself an outcast in her strange new environment, shunned b ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published November 19th 2010 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
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sabisteb aka callisto
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lab-lit
Claire Cyrus ist einer von insgesamt drei Wissenschaftlern weltweit ist sie in der Lage ein neues High Tech Gerät namens Interactrex 300 zu bedienen, welches in der Lage ist Proteininteraktionen in vivo zu messen. NeuroSys, eine kleine holländische Biotech Company hat ein solches Gerät erworben und bietet Claire einen Job an. Der Start in dem kleinen Startup Unternehmen gestaltet sich für die schüchterne und empfindsame Claire jedoch als alles andere als einfach. Den meisten Angestellten ist die ...more
Michael Gross
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The cultural divide between the worlds of science and arts has stirred much debate since CP Snow diagnosed it in the 1950s. How much specialisation is good for society, and how much general knowledge from the sciences should extend to the other side of the divide? The idea has inspired several generations of science popularisers, but we rarely read about its effect on people who straddle both sides or are unsure which side they should be on.

The protagonist of “The Honest Look”, Claire Cyrus (no
Maritere Domínguez
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been recently reading informative books. Books that enrich your viewsnd make you seem smarter but don't quite make you read past bedtime. I was missing this thrill of not stopping until you know what happens.

My Uni's library has mostly science books, it is very rare to find a novel or just a book with dialogues instead of equations. Throughout my long way through university I've struggled to keep my love for books and literature at bay so I can have my full attention on studying.
A science/
Science For The People
Featured on Skeptically Speaking show #133 on October 9, 2011, during an interview with author Jennifer Rohn.

Recommended on Skeptically Speaking show #90 on December 17, 2010.
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Loved this first read into science fiction - not sci-fi - but a nice work of fiction about life in a research lab company. Heard about the genre on NPR. A little sciency but still able to follow the storyline.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the description of the thrills, tedium, despair and joy of working in science, but it did become a rather cliched love story by the end.
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Great lab-lit tale, very engrossing with good scientific basis.
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An avid reader, Jenny had always wondered why there were so few scientist characters in mainstream. Jenny coined the term 'lab lit' to describe such novels and in 2005 launched the website to help promote the use of science and scientist characters in mainstream fiction and to illuminate the world of scientists and laboratory culture. In addition to her activities as a practicing scient ...more