The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

    For many years scientists had been trying to grow human cells outside of the human body in order to have a continuous (immortal) line of cells that would constantly replenish and that could be used to study any number of things,  especially viruses. Mouse cells had been cultured successfully, but every attempt to … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Spartan by Caroline Dale Snedeker

    The historian Herodotus, (c. 485-425 BC) in his narrative history which records the wars between the Greeks and the Persians, gives an account of a young man named Aristodemos. Caroline Dale Snedeker has taken this brief description, fleshed it out and brought this period of ancient history vibrantly to life. The son of … Continue reading The Spartan by Caroline Dale Snedeker

Living Science Books for the 20th Century: Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks Oliver Sacks is a neurologist and an award winning author who has written a number of books based on the case studies of some of his patients. Uncle Tungsten takes a different tack in that it is a memoir of Sacks's boyhood in England: his … Continue reading Living Science Books for the 20th Century: Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks