Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony

Overview

This magnificent collection of essays by scientist and National Book Award-winning writer Lewis Thomas remains startlingly relevant for today's world. Luminous, witty, and provocative, the essays address such topics as "The Attic of the Brain," "Falsity and Failure," "Altruism," and the effects of the federal government's virtual abandonment of support for basic scientific research will have on medicine and science. Profoundly and powerfully, Thomas questions the folly of nuclear weaponry, showing that the ...
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Overview

This magnificent collection of essays by scientist and National Book Award-winning writer Lewis Thomas remains startlingly relevant for today's world. Luminous, witty, and provocative, the essays address such topics as "The Attic of the Brain," "Falsity and Failure," "Altruism," and the effects of the federal government's virtual abandonment of support for basic scientific research will have on medicine and science. Profoundly and powerfully, Thomas questions the folly of nuclear weaponry, showing that the brainpower and money spent on this endeavor are needed much more urgently for the basic science we have abandoned--and that even medicine's most advanced procedures would be useless or insufficient in the face of the smallest nuclear detonation. And in the title essay, he addresses himself with terrifying poignancy to the question of what it is like to be young in the nuclear age.

A collection of provocative essays by the bestselling author of The Lives of the Cell and The Youngest Science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140243284
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 787,977
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

The Unforgettable Fire The Corner of the Eye Making Science Work Alchemy Clever Animals On Smell My Magical Metronome On Speaking of Speaking Seven Wonders The Artificial Heart Things Unflattened by Science Basic Science and the Pentagon Science and "Science"
On the Need for Asylums Altruism Falsity and Failure On Medicine and the Bomb The Problem of Dementia The Lie Detector Some Scientific Advie The Attic of the Brain Humanities and Science On Matters of Doubt Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony Notes

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