Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize

Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize

by Sean B. Carroll

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The never-before-told account of the intersection of some of the most insightful minds of the 20th century, and a fascinating look at how war, resistance, and friendship can catalyze genius.
In the spring of 1940, the aspiring but unknown writer Albert Camus and budding scientist Jacques Monod were quietly pursuing ordinary, separate lives in Paris. After the German invasion and occupation of France, each joined the Resistance to help liberate the country from the Nazis and ascended to prominent, dangerous roles. After the war and through twists of circumstance, they became friends, and through their passionate determination and rare talent they emerged as leading voices of modern literature and biology, each receiving the Nobel Prize in their respective fields.
Drawing upon a wealth of previously unpublished and unknown material gathered over several years of research, Brave Genius tells the story of how each man endured the most terrible episode of the twentieth century and then blossomed into extraordinarily creative and engaged individuals. It is a story of the transformation of ordinary lives into exceptional lives by extraordinary events--of courage in the face of overwhelming adversity, the flowering of creative genius, deep friendship, and of profound concern for and insight into the human condition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307952356
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 326,386
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Sean B. Carroll is the author of Remarkable Creatures, a finalist for the National Book Award, The Making of the Fittest, winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award, and of Endless Forms Most Beautiful, among others. Carroll also wrote a monthly feature “Remarkable Creatures” for the New York Times Science Times. An internationally-known scientist and leading educator, Dr. Carroll currently heads the Department of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and is Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Prologue Chance, Necessity, and Genius 1

I The Fall

Chapter 1 City of Light 17

Chapter 2 Plans 28

Chapter 3 Misadventures in Norway 46

Chapter 4 Springtime for Hitler 57

Chapter 5 Defeated and Divided 81

II The Long Road to Freedom

Chapter 6 Regrouping 99

Chapter 7 Ill Winds 106

Chapter 8 An Hour of Hope 116

Chapter 9 Waiting and Working 132

Chapter 10 The Terror Begins 141

Chapter 11 The Plague 154

Chapter 12 Brothers in Arms 163

Chapter 13 Double Lives 177

Chapter 14 Preparations 197

Chapter 15 Normandy 211

Chapter 16 Les Jours de Gloire 227

III Secrets of Life

Chapter 17 The Talk of the Nation 253

Chapter 18 Secrets of Life 262

Chapter 19 Bourgeois Genetics 275

Chapter 20 On the Same Path 290

Chapter 21 A New Beginning 297

Chapter 22 Rebels with a Cause 307

Chapter 23 Taking Sides 314

Chapter 24 The Attic 324

IV Nobel Thoughts and Noble Deeds

Chapter 25 The Blood of the Hungarians 337

Chapter 26 Repression and Reaction 355

Chapter 27 A Voice of Reason 37J

Chapter 28 The Logic of Life 387

Chapter 29 Making Connections 404

Chapter 30 The Possible and the Actual 416

Chapter 31 Unfinished 429

Chapter 32 Messengers 440

Chapter 33 Synthesis 455

Epilogue: French Lessons

Chapter 34 Camus in a Lab Coat 467

Chapter 35 Chance and Necessity: Sisyphus Returns 482

Appendix: The Science 498

Acknowledgments 505

Notes 509

Bibliography 559

Index 568

Permissions 582

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