Read The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code Online Free - 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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July 18, 2012
I'm going to be honest and tell you the entire reason I picked up The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean is not because I'm interested in biology or DNA or anything to do with science really - it's because the name Paganini drew me in.
I've never been the type of girl to understand science. The closest...
June 29, 2012
What I learned from reading Sam Kean’s The Violinist’s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code (Little, Brown and Company, 2012):
I should never eat polar bear liver—unless I want my skin to peel off from foot to head.
My cats’ presence soothes me because...
November 05, 2016
In Kean’s follow up to The Disappearing Spoon he keeps the same breezy form but switches his subject from chemistry to genetics. While we get more science history and anecdotal stories than pure science, we still learn much about how our genome works. Kean writes for the general reader. Using his...
September 16, 2013
This is a very good, and entertaining survey of the history of genetics. I learned a great deal about DNA, how it works, and how scientists are trying to unravel its secrets.
Every chapter contains some fascinating facts, histories, and insights. For example, Kean makes analogies between music, li...
September 14, 2012
Kean manages to cram enough information into this book to satisfy the armchair historian, biologist, or trivia aficionado, while somehow keeping it readable and entertaining.
It's a rather monumental task, combining the history of science with the latest discoveries. He's pretty good about explain...
December 27, 2014
The author's parents were named Gene and Jean. That's right: Gene and Jean Kean. What else could their son do but write a book about genetics? And a fun book it is, with some fascinating stories.
There is enough DNA in a human body to stretch from Pluto to the sun and back. There's enough DNA on...
December 19, 2015
'The Violinist's Thumb' is a perfect read for girding up one's loins for holiday dinners where lots of family members plan to attend. Not only are the stories the author relates of the foibles and craziness of world-famous scientists who were involved in historic and present studies that have imp...
July 07, 2012
I was a great fan of Sam Kean’s The Disappearing Spoon, so it was excellent to see a followup in The Violinist’s Thumb. The violinist in question was Paganini who had a genetic disorder that enabled him to bend his thumb back far beyond the usual limit. And this is an indirect hint about the subj...
December 14, 2015
Fun. Covers everything from the attempt to breed humanzees and why humans have 46 rather than 48 chromosomes, to why you should decline any invitation to eat polar bear liver.
February 09, 2017
This is an intriguing but brainy read that requires not just an interest in biology but a good understanding of it. Readers should be prepared to harken back to biology class(es) to recall that A pairs with T, and C pairs with G on the DNA strand--and that’s one of the easier par...