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The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas
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Oct 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: science

This is a pretty fast, short book. Usually I shy away from anything that has to do with biology. I have pretty much always hated the subject of the living. But I am getting over that now, and stand more in amazement. This is a good book to get that sense of amazement at life. It is a collection of short essays on various biology subjects. The author was a medical researcher among many other things. The writing is good, if only more aimed at people that are familiar with all the biology lingo. But these were all originally published in the fronts of bio/medical journals, so it is to be expected. He sometimes drifts into a hubris tone, but other than that, they are well worth reading, if only to stretch your mind. I found myself wanting to know a lot more about biology, so for me, that is the sign of a good read.

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