I often wonder if the present era will someday be known as the age of the acronym, the fertile crux of a terse new lingo. Examples abound, with LOL, FAQ, and NSA coming immediately to mind. BTW, in my estimation, DNA is the reigning regent of this avalanche of abbreviation. I mean, we’re talking about nothing less than the blueprint of life as we know it. On the other hand, despite its centrality to our existence, to most the molecule is more than a bit mysterious, a nebulous notion at best.
Sam Kean’s The Violinist’s Thumb is a most satisfactory solution to this dilemma, in that it manages to both edify and entertain. On May 19, 2014, won’t you please don your thinking cap, and join what promises to be a lively discussion of Mr. Kean’s tasty text. And finally, please find words of the wise below.
“…Kean has created another page-turning scientific history in The Violinist’s Thumb. With fluid gusto, he turns the discovery of DNA into riveting human drama, then unfurls a series of anecdotes that expand our understanding of genetic influence on our lives…” –Amazon
“A science journalist with a flair for words…[Kean’s] language is fluid and accessible, even for the science-challenged.” –Library Journal