The Single Helix



❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Single Helix Author Steve Jones – E17streets4all.co.uk THE SINGLE HELIX is a miscellany of a hundred easy pieces about science It brings to life a vast diversity of subjects, united under the banner of scientific truth the universal solvent that brings cl THE SINGLE HELIX is a miscellany of a hundred easy pieces about science It brings to life a vast diversity of subjects, united under the banner of scientific truth the universal solvent that brings clarity to almost all the mysteries of the world we live inScientists are trained to know ever about even less but here Steve Jones sets out deliberately to explore subjects in which he is emphatically not an expert although his favourite snail, The Single Helix of his title, does poke in a tentacle here and there His insatiable curiosity and The Single PDF \ enthusiasm as he sheds light on unexpected corners of knowledge combine to produce science writing at its very bestFrom chaos in the heavens to the fight against creationism, from optical illusions in tartan to the mathematics of elections and what rules the sex lives of cats The Single Helix is a scientist s look at sciences other than his own and as a result its author has been forced to make the complicated simple enough for even a biologist to understand.The Single Helix

Librarian s note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this nameJohn Stephen Jones is a Welsh geneticist and from to and to June was Head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London His studies are conducted in the Galton Laboratory He is also a television presenter and a prize winning author on the subject of biology, especially evolution He is one of the contemporary popular writers on evolution In his writing won him the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for his The Single PDF \ numerous, wide ranging contributions to the public understanding of science in areas such as human evolution and variation, race, sex, inherited disease and genetic manipulation through his many broadcasts on radio and television, his lectures, popular science books, and his regular science column in The Daily Telegraph and contributions to other newspaper media.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader chaos in the heavens to the fight against creationism, from optical illusions in tartan to the mathematics of elections and what rules the sex lives of cats The Single Helix is a scientist s look at sciences other than his own and as a result its author has been forced to make the complicated simple enough for even a biologist to understand."/>
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Single Helix
  • Steve Jones
  • English
  • 13 October 2019
  • 0349119406

10 thoughts on “The Single Helix

  1. says:

    I m really fond of Yum Cha despite the fact that it has been years since I ve eaten Yum Cha but I really like the idea of it Lots of little dishes all quite different from each other that come in no particular order and are small enough for you to try things you wouldn t normally dream of trying if that was all you were going to get, but it is okay given you are only going to have a bite or two to be adventurous.Not too different from reading friends reviews here on Good Reads I am pretty I m really fond of Yum Cha despite the fact that it has been years since I ve eaten Yum Cha but I really like the idea of it Lots of little dishes all quite different from each other that come in no particular order and are small enough for you to try things you wouldn t normally dream of trying if that was all you were going to get, but it is okay given you are only going to have a bite or two to be adventurous.Not too different from reading friends reviews here on Good Reads I am pretty unlikely to ever read very many books on ship building, say but I always read Eric s book reviews on ships and they are invariably fascinating.This is a book of maybe 100 three page essays on funny little things to do with science A kind of Yum Cha for the brain really The essays are just long enough and some of them are not just amusing but fascinating too.He is a biologist, so naturally there are frequent digs at creationism par for the course while serving an essential social function There are also lots of witty asides, one of my favourites is a quote by Dr Johnson who said of visiting the Giant s Causeway in Northern Ireland something I intend to do before I die and hence I have reason enough to put it off for a while longer Worth seeing, yes but not worth going to see He also does the fish ghoti thing, however, he says that ghoti also water gh as in plough, o as in cord, and ti as in tin Unfortunately, I can t get the er sound out of the ti in tin but perhaps it is an accent thing one of the main problems with phonetic spelling in English, I would suspect There are lots of fascinating factoids along the way too did you know the death rate dues to heart disease and stroke increases by 10% for every 3 degrees drop in temperature That our fight against infant mortality this century has been so successful that if tomorrow all deaths of people in Britain below the age of 50 were banned the average life expectancy would only increase by one year That the onset of puberty isn t set by age, but by body mass hence why we are seeing the age of the onset of puberty plummeting while our kids grow increasingly chubby.But the best article in this book was Vultures, Cultures and Criticism where he defines evolutionary psychology as the palace of strawless bricks Now, if that isn t a quote worth remembering it is hard to know what is.I ve read quite a few of this man s books but all too long ago to do reviews of them here much like most of Gould s wonderful books of essays which I would need to give five stars each to as they,than anything else, introduced me to biology in all its remarkable awe and wonder This was a fun read and often just enough

  2. says:

    This is the first science book that I have read besides school and it won t be the last.It was well written,in a way even a foreigner could understand.For those who were allergic in the stem subjects at school there is no need to panic.It covers a broad range of subjects,in quite small chapters that don t get exhausting.Totally recommend

  3. says:

    This is a good kind of book for reading in those spaces of time where you don t really have time to read I could do withbooks like it It s a compendium of a hundred of Steve Jones s newspaper science articles from the Daily Telegraph I think and makes for interesting and thought provoking interludes without needing to engage your brain too deeply.

  4. says:

    They re OK but the essays are just a bit short so buy the time we ve had the introduction and a jokey bit and an ending thought there isn t space for much else.

  5. says:

    Subtitle A Turn Around the World of Science There are Big Idea books, and there are Many Ideas books hopefully one is never stuck reading a book which only has one idea, worth 2 3 pages, which the author takes hundreds of pages to discuss, though such have doubtless been written I have been reading a lot of Big Idea books, lately This book, a collection of essays by Steve Jones the biologist, not the guitar player , is a Many Ideas book.It s less like an entree, andlike a bag of chi Subtitle A Turn Around the World of Science There are Big Idea books, and there are Many Ideas books hopefully one is never stuck reading a book which only has one idea, worth 2 3 pages, which the author takes hundreds of pages to discuss, though such have doubtless been written I have been reading a lot of Big Idea books, lately This book, a collection of essays by Steve Jones the biologist, not the guitar player , is a Many Ideas book.It s less like an entree, andlike a bag of chips But the baked kind, where you feel good after having eaten half a belly s worth of them Which is good because, although this is probably intended to be the sort of book you read a little at a time every night before bed, Ior less raced through it.Steve Jones most impressive scientific achievement to the non scientist, anyway , is that he with an Iranian physicist named Shahin Rouhani was the first to use the word bottleneck to describe a mysterious event in human prehistory Sometime a few tens of thousands of years ago, there were but a few thousand humans left we were a veritable endangered species The evidence of this shows up in our genetics, in ways too complicated to discuss here buy me a beer and I ll happily prattle on about it, though , and Jones pointed this out to the world in 1986.Most of this book, however, is about the research of others, the politics of science education, the history of science, and how it impacts and is misunderstood by the general public Beer Gives You Energy , Why Not Eat Insects , Diamonds are for Engels , and Evolution as Thatcherism are all in here, and the titles give a hint at his attempts usually successful to inject a little levity into a typically dry and somber field.There is something very British about Jones writing style, which I cannot precisely define but which the reader will either appreciate or regret, in accordance with their opinion on dry wit When discussing anomia, the inability to name everyday objects, he says it involves a difficulty in making a connection between meaning dim undergraduate and sound Si mon There is a great place in the world for Big Idea books, but it seems to me that there is always a plentiful supply of writers willing to provide them of varying quality, of course, but that is another question I do believe that we would be well served by a greater number of Many Idea books, and not only because many Big Ideas began life as rather smaller ones Steve Jones the Professor of Genetics, not the guitar player has given us a top notch example of one Bravo

  6. says:

    Meh This is a collection of short essays, which are easily digestible and often on interesting topics, but they don t go far enough into anything for me Magpie like as my brain can be when it comes to interesting facts, this was just too scanty.

  7. says:

    A collection of short biology related articles, this has been my waiting room book for quite some time Now I ve finally finished it, and I m sorry to see it go A Taxonomist s Noel is a hoot and well worth the price of the book.

  8. says:

    What a great book Perfect bedside table reading Well constructed, digestible essays.

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