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In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST’S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.
There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK’s bronze skin (it wasn’t a tan) to Einstein’s genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.
Kean’s vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species’ future.
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Hi Mary,
great book synopsis here. I really fancy reading this. Sadly can’t enter the competition as I’m in the UK but I’ll be adding it to my wish list. Thank you.
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A crazy cat lady gene!?! Short stories that make science fascinating are what I love! Also, I can then 1up the sons/grand/greatgrandkids on occasion…
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I read The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean and loved it! This book sounds intriguing as well.
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Michael – I usually give them away here on my blog unless someone in my family wants it. Then it usually comes back and I still give it away here. I didn’t get a review copy of this one. I was too late in my request so I will get it from the library.
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