She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer

She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force set to shape our future even more radically.She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity int...

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She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity Reviews

  • Pam Mooney
    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong conclusions whi...
  • Paul
    Yes, it's long – about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes – but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understandable and ...
  • Dramatika
    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, although love rea...
  • Polo Lonergan
    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending....
  • Gary
    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel’s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those assertions...
  • Caitlin
    A truly mammoth book that should have been edited down to a few hundred pages. The interesting tidbits and stories were immersed in unnecessary prose and benign chapters that served no purpose except to increase the word count. Some stories SHINED and AMAZED (especially the chapter on Chimera, which...
  • Charlene
    Fascinating science book with enough personal histories to keep it all interesting, although I admit those last few chapters on gene splicing & CRISPR got beyond me. I learned a lot . . . didn't realize that hereditary was so variable (we don't get exactly 50% of our genes from each parent, within a...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Se tem um autor que sempre vou fazer questão de ler o que lançar é o Carl Zimmer. Foi de longe uma das maiores motivações para eu começar a blogar e escrever sobre ciência. E é um dos jornalistas com o conhecimento de biologia mais amplo que leio, que sabe integrar áreas d...
  • Catherine Davison
    This science writing pulls the reader deeper and deeper into the amazing world we live in, it never gets dull or dry even when describing meiosis. Zimmer weaves historical and contemporary scientific research to create a work which you want to engage with. Who’d have thought that Mendel’s ...

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