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David Lindley, 7 November 1991

The Triumph of the Embryo 
by Lewis Wolpert.
Oxford, 211 pp., £14.95, September 1991, 0 19 854243 7
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... to look as mysterious and miraculous as it must have done in Aristotle’s day. As Professor Wolpert hopes to persuade us, however, the problem is beginning to yield, one step at a time, to observation and experiment. It is hardly true to say that we now know how an embryo develops to the same extent that we understand how, for example, a virus invades ...

Chemical Common Sense

Miroslav Holub, 4 July 1996

The Same and Not the Same 
by Roald Hoffmann.
Columbia, 294 pp., $34.95, September 1995, 0 231 10138 4
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... writing by active scientists – have crystallised: the belletristic essay, such as the work of Lewis Thomas, Carl Sagan, Alan Lightman or Harold Morowitz, which reveals the elegance and spirit of science; the scientific discourse that is interesting to the broad public because of its ‘human’ dimension, as in the immense, neo-Darwinian undertaking of ...


Jonathan Dollimore: Depression Studies, 23 August 2001

... Those who have had it struggle for the right analogy without ever feeling they’ve found it. Lewis Wolpert begins his study Malignant Sadness by telling us bluntly that the experience was more terrible than watching his wife die of cancer. If that is a shocking admission, it’s also an honest attempt to convey a pain beyond expression. In that ...

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