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GIVEAWAY The Violinist's Thumb: by Sam Kean @littlebrown @sam_kean





Book Description

July 17, 2012  978-0316182317
From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. 

In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.

There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.

Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.


About the Author


Sam Kean is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and New Scientist, and has been featured on NPR's "Radiolab" and "All Things Considered."

Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316182311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316182317




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  1. Hmmmm, tHe argument of nature vs. nurture continues....

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  2. Anything that makes science easy to understand is a win. Looks fascinating. Thanks!
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  4. Looks very intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  5. Hi Mary,
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  6. A crazy cat lady gene!?! Short stories that make science fascinating are what I love! Also, I can then 1-up the sons/grand/greatgrandkids on occasion...
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  7. I read The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean and loved it! This book sounds intriguing as well.
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  22. Curious, what do you do with non-fiction books once you are done reading them?

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  23. Michael - -I usually give them away here on my blog unless someone in my family wants it. Then it usually comes back and I still give it away here. I didn't get a review copy of this one. I was too late in my request so I will get it from the library.

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