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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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... blob of an egg cell can generate all that it is required to generate, the development of an embryo begins 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 ...
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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... In Anglo-American literary culture, three kinds of popularisation – or comprehensible science 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 ...

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Jonathan Dollimore: Depression Studies

23 August 2001
... in the loneliness of the experience, in its being beyond the reach of communication or even expression. Those who have had it struggle for the right analogy without ever feeling they’ve found it. LewisWolpert 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 ...

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