Weiner (whose last book, The Beak of the Finch, won a Pulitzer Prize) has written an affectionate history about the development of the science while offering charming glimpses of the people involved--trading haircuts to stretch their grant money in the early years, roaming the laboratory into the wee hours, naming the genes associated with learning after Pavlov's dogs. It's not all sweetness and light, however; ethical questions are raised, some of the hype (and hysteria) surrounding the human genome project is dissipated, and the complicated "clockwork" gene "looks less like an invitation to human intervention and more like a cautionary tale or object lesson for anyone who might try, in the 21st century, to improve on nature's four-billion-year-old designs." That said, the scientists in Weiner's tale reveal a very human side of this fast-moving science, and their belief that they'll find answers to important questions is contagious and compelling. As Benzer himself said, "It's a wonderful, fabulous world, and it's been kicking around a long time." --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I had already read a library copy and want to re-read it again.
A great man.
Excellent for understanding the field's development.
When I went to order a copy of "The Beak of the Finch" for a friend I discovered that Jonathan Weiner had also written this book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent story - a non-fiction detective story showing how science works
I've bought several copies to share with friends after reading it myself
I had to read this book for a class I was taking, and surprisingly enough it was quite an interesting read. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by The Dragon's Inkpot
I picked this book up more or less randomly and I am certainly not a specialist, beyond a few college courses. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Jonathan Groner
'Time, Love, Memory' presents a well-written and consistently interesting history of modern biology. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Jonathan
In 1957-1958 I was, along with Sewell Champ, a graduate student in the biophysics section of the Physics Dept. at Purdue. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Dr. Richard Moore
Weiner who has won the Pulitzer for The Beak of the Finch enraptures us again with a circuitous but straightforward (how he manages that can be known only to the ghost of Proust)... Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Goldie Kossow