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J. B. S. Haldane (1892–1964)

Autor/a de On Being the Right Size

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J.B.S. Haldane was the William Dunn Reader in Biochemistry at Cambridge University. He simultaneously served as Fellow of New College, in Oxford University's Horticultural Institute. Carl A. Price served until 1999 as professor of plant molecular biology in the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at mostra'n més Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He also served as the editor of Plant Molecular Biology Reporter from 1983 until 1997 mostra'n menys
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Obres de J. B. S. Haldane

On Being the Right Size (1985) 103 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
My Friend Mr. Leakey (1937) 101 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Possible Worlds (1927) 65 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Causes of Evolution (1966) 55 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Daedalus; or, Science and the Future (1923) 47 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Inequality of Man (1932) 27 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Science and everyday life (1941) 23 exemplars, 1 ressenya
A. R. P. (1938) 17 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Cabinet 25: Insects (2007) 12 exemplars
What is life? (1947) 11 exemplars
ANIMAL BIOLOGY (1927) 9 exemplars
Everything Has a History (1951) 9 exemplars

Obres associades

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Col·laborador — 809 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Dialectics of Nature (1940) — Preface, algunes edicions219 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
The World of Mathematics, Volume 2 (1956) — Col·laborador — 124 exemplars
Great Science Fiction by Scientists (1962) — Col·laborador — 113 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Great Stories for Young Readers (1969) — Col·laborador — 92 exemplars
Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars, 1 ressenya


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Not an easy book to read, perhaps because of the style of the author's language. Interesting to read his scientific projections from 1924 and see how many have or have not come to pass. Also interesting to see that they did not know in 1924 that it was a lack of estrogen that contributed to menopausal symptoms. Generally positive toward science, but with reminders about social responsibility.
MarkLacy | May 29, 2022 |
“So I drank as much hydrochloric acid as I could. But I couldn’t drink enough without burning my stomach. So I drank a solution of ammonium chloride...”

Seventy essays reprinted from the Daily Worker after it’s suppression. I actually learned quite a lot from it. That I can do so from a book eighty years old says something rather worrying about the state of my knowledge of science. It also shows good science writing. It reminded me a couple of times of the approach taken by Isaac Asimov in his essays. I don’t know if there’s a direct line of influence. I do know Arthur C Clarke quotes Haldane somewhere or other (which is why I read this book). Certainly he is endlessly quotable. I’ve restricted myself to one, but I could go on for pages and pages. Really the only fault with the essays is that they’re too short. I’d liked to know more about his auto-experiments (he takes heroin as well), but really the above quotation is all the detail we get.

The book is interesting also as a snapshot of politics, society and science on the eve of the 2nd World War. The essays are written from a Marxist perspective and he quite often refers to the work of Soviet scientists who were involved in something other that rocketry. Quite a shocker. And because of this perspective he often applies the science to the lives of ordinary people, giving you a little glimpse into a world only the very oldest now living remember. That said, some things never change. He discusses the impending doom of the Gros Michel banana and here we are, eighty years later, discussing the doom of the Cavendish.
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Lukerik | Feb 12, 2020 |
Stories for little ones about a magician named Leakey. Getting silly just right for a kids' book isn't easy, and this book is proof.
electrascaife | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | May 5, 2019 |



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