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The Atheist and the Holy City: Encounters and Reflections
     

The Atheist and the Holy City: Encounters and Reflections

by George Klein, Theodore Friedmann (Translator), Ingrid Friedmann (Translator), Lewis Thomas (Foreword by)
 

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In this series of 15 essays, which won the Letterstedt Prize, Sweden's equivalent of the Pulitzer, distinguished cell biologist George Klein shares his considerable insights on science and on human nature. Organized loosely as "The Wisdom and Folly of Scientists," "Journeys," "Viruses and Cancer," and "La Condition Humaine," the essays range from lucid explanations

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In this series of 15 essays, which won the Letterstedt Prize, Sweden's equivalent of the Pulitzer, distinguished cell biologist George Klein shares his considerable insights on science and on human nature. Organized loosely as "The Wisdom and Folly of Scientists," "Journeys," "Viruses and Cancer," and "La Condition Humaine," the essays range from lucid explanations of biological and genetic processes to personal remembrances and studies of famous scientists to discussions of the complicity of science and medicine in the Nazi extermination camps.George Klein has led the Department of Tumor Biology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm for more than three decades.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These 15 essays by a noted cancer researcher, which garnered Sweden's prestigious Ledderstedt Prize, depict science as a vast communal enterprise shaped by individual genius. (Apr.)
Library Journal
These elegant and learned essays are developed from a foreword that Klein wrote for Peter Noll's In the Face of Death ( LJ 12/89). Klein himself, a world-renowned cancer researcher, has spent his adult years inquiring into the intricacies of life, both at the cellular level and as a participant in the human condition. As a youth he witnessed the Nazi invasion of Hungary, and later he discovered the shocking cooperation of scientists with the ``final solution.'' This firsthand experience of evil has given him a compassionate and ethical outlook, a distrust of power and social planners, and an impatience with mediocrity. Since 1951 he has done research at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, probing the ``co-existence between viruses and man'' and the willfulness of ``selfish DNA.'' Claiming to be an atheist, he yet approaches his work religiously, with devotion and a little humor. This book won the Letterstedt Prize, Sweden's equivalent of the Pulitzer.-- Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
Booknews
Klein is widely known for his innovative cancer research and is one of Sweden's best-selling authors. He was awarded the Letterstedt Prize--the Swedish Pulitzer--for the original Swedish edition (Stockholm, 1987) of this collection of essays on religion, philosophy, music, sexuality, as well as his early childhood in Hungary and subsequent escape from the Nazis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780262610773
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/25/1992
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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