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The Living Clock: The Orchestrator of Biological Rhythms 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195143409
ISBN-10: 019514340X
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"Palmer has written a whimsical, 'gosh can you believe that' account for the interested lay reader, which is also a book that will further fascinate serious chronobiologists with the wonders of their subject. It is a reminder of the marvels of nature and of the critical role that endogenous biological timing plays in the life cycles of almost every organism." -- C.P. Kyriacou, Science


"Its rare to be able to recommend a book on science for holiday reading, but this one, The Living Clock, is a griper from the first page and never lets go.... The topic is fascinating: the internal clocks that we all possess in common with almost every form of life on Earth.... Take it with you to the beach."--Roy Herbert, New Scientist


"Anyone fortunate enough to read Professor Palmer's new book will not only appreciate the crucial role of rhythms in all of life's forms, but will be greatly entertained, and even astonished, by the wonderful tales woven into the plot."--John Carlson Aldrich, Department of Zoology, Trinity College, Dublin


"Everyone knows somebody who claims not to need an alarm clock. These people will tell you that they have woken up every day at 6:00 a.m. for twenty years and don't even bother to set the alarm anymore. How do they do that? In The Living Clock, Professor John Palmer tells us the story of the discovery of the internal clocks which exist in almost every living thing, from bacteria to humans. This book is both a work of scientific popularization and a scientific autobiography since Professor Palmer has personally contributed a great deal to our understanding of the living clock. Professor Palmer's personal annecdotes are, in fact, the highlight of the book. Told with humor but also with a seasoned scientist's keen eye for detail, these stories take us on a journey of discovery."--Marc R. Roussel, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Lethbridge


"An erudite and entertaining journey through the world of biological clocks, ranging from such human details as when best to take aspirin to the ubiquitous per gene. Gleaning illustrations from the entire spectrum, botanical and zoological, Palmer demonstrates the universal importance of temporal rhythms in organismal and cellular biology. The clock concept plays an equally crucial role in modern medical practice and in understanding such arcane phenomena as the annual breeding cycle of the palolo worm. The Living Clock belongs in that small exclusive library of books ideally suited for creating an exciting introductory course in biology for non-biologists, and even for non-scientists. It was fun to read."--Peter Marler, Section of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, University of California, Davis


About the Author


John D. Palmer is Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and spends most summers at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. One of the world's leading authorities on living clocks, he has worked in the field for forty years.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019514340X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195143409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Palmer explains that he wrote this book because so many people he encountered were interested in what he does as a marine biologist. In truth it is a book about scientific curiosity and the process of discovery. I won't give away the ending, found in the last chapter. Had Palmer's objective been an exposition on biological clocks, the last chapter would have been first. Unfortunately, I already knew what was in the last chapter, so my appreciation for the book was somewhat dulled. Still, it is a short, well written, fairly entertaining book. Palmer does an excellent job in describing experiments and making them interesting, and in showing how often a verification of the obvious led instead to new paths of discovery. Not least, while Palmer's sense of humor is not terribly creative, he can be fun.
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I wish the book had some info on broken biological clocks. Circadian rhythm disorders can cause disability so it would be interesting to know the mechanism by which they operate.
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It was good
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A fascinating read -- biological clocks seem to be in nearly all living organisms.
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I am a strong believer in the body clock and this book had very good information regarding the process. Fairly easy to read. Fascinationg subject and this book had some good information.
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