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"At the heart of the story, which Rohn tells well...is a mystery that turns on a question of science...Along the way we witness the shifting, nomadic international fellowship of scientists, and especially of postdocs. Rohn aims to change the way in which the reading public thinks about scientists." --Nature
That worked fine - the author's approach does a good job of serving the non-scientist reader in this respect.
I wondered whether non-scientists would enjoy this book because of its inclusion of accurate descriptions of the scientific experiments involved.
Dr. Rohn's description of the environment of the storyline - the research laboratory environment - was impeccable.
As a molecular biologist and avid reader, I thought this book was quite a find. It turns out that I was wrong. Read morePublished 22 months ago by S. Worden
If you are curious about what cell biologists are, read this book. If you are a scientist yourself, in particular a post-doc, you will love it. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Silvia Paracchini
As a scientist I can certainly vouch for the authenticity of "Experimental Heart"; it really captures the essence of laboratory life, particularly from the standpoint of a... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Steven H. Caplan
Jennifer Rohn is famous for promoting the idea that we need more fiction with realistic scientists in leading roles, via her website lablit.com, and other outlets including Nature. Read morePublished on July 1, 2010 by Michael Gross
Start with the fact that this novel is published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, a resepected publisher of research journals and advanced science texts. Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by wiredweird
Experimental Heart by Jennifer Rohn is a first-rate example of a rather new genre of novels- What the scientist-author Carl Djerassi calls "Science in fiction" (as opposed to... Read morePublished on March 29, 2009 by Peter Mazur
This is a thriller love story with a twist - it's set in the real world of genetic research as described by an insider. Read morePublished on January 2, 2009 by James Aach
As someone who is not a biomedical scientist I approached this book with a few reservations. However, twenty pages in and I was already gripped. Read morePublished on December 9, 2008 by Chopper