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The Pill, Pygmy Chimps, and Degas' Horse: The Remarkable Autobiography of the Award-Winning Scientist Who Synthesized the Birth Control Pill by [Djerassi, Carl]
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The pill here is the first oral contraceptive, synthesized by the author ( The Politics of Contraception ) at age 28 in 1951; pygmy chimps were the subjects of a mid-career biomedical experiment and Degas's horse represents the delights of art collecting, to which the award-winning scientist turned in later life. Autobiography seems just another vessel for Djerassi's insatiable curiosity and intelligence, revealed elsewhere in forays into fiction ( Cantor's Dilemma ) and poetry ( The Clock Runs Backward ). General readers will enjoy the layered structure bonding such diverse elements as an exotic childhood in Australia and Albania, teenage experiences in the U.S. and nearly 50 years of business and academic success. Those looking for more sustained scientific material, however, may be put off by the anecdotal tone and haphazard blend of encounters in Africa and the Soviet Union, social life at Stanford University, three marriages and Djerassi's daughter's mysterious suicide. Shattering the cliche of scientists as one-dimensional technocrats, the book reveals a singular life with more than its share of pain, self-discovery, danger, wit, joy and irony.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This autobiography of the chemist best known for synthesizing the birth control pill chronicles his achievements as a researcher, teacher, novelist, poet, and social activist. Unlike Djerassi's other memoir, Steroids Made It Possible (American Chemical Society, 1990), which was written "for chemists from the perspective of a chemist," this new book is aimed at nontechnical readers who should not be intimidated by the chemical structures. A highlight of Djerassi's work is his description of the first synthesis of a steroid oral contraceptive in 1951. He also discusses the politics of contraception. Djerassi quashes the misconception that scientists are narrow specialists who cannot communicate with the public. Highly recommended for public libraries.
- Bruce Slutsky, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 2820 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press (February 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IATKIYQ
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