The Lives of a Cell

The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher and The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher
by Thomas, Lewis
Reviewed by Magdalene Meretrix
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The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas

The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas

These, Dr. Thomas' first and second books, are timeless classics. Though Dr. Thomas is discussing science in his essays, his writing style has a mystic and poetic quality to it and his thoughts are inventive, unique and quirky. I imagine the late Dr. Thomas would be intrigued by alchemy and other hermetic disciplines though he might not take them seriously as being applicable to modern times. Still, there is a strong quality of magick in Dr. Thomas' writing, particularly in his first book, Lives of a Cell.

For the scientist who enjoys a poetic view of nature or for the magician who tends to incorporate modern science into his world paradigm, these essays will be a delight. Some are sad, some will make you chuckle, all will make you ponder the universe whether on a large or small scale. I highly recommend Dr. Thomas' essays to the intellectual reader.

Publisher Penguin USA
Date 1/1995 ISBN Amazon Abebooks Powell's
ISBN Amazon Abebooks Powell's
Price $13.00