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Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (1983)

di Lewis Thomas

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This magnificent collection of essays by scientist and National Book Award-winning writer Lewis Thomas remains startlingly relevant for today's world. Luminous, witty, and provocative, the essays address such topics as "The Attic of the Brain," "Falsity and Failure," "Altruism," and the effects the federal government's virtual abandonment of support for basic scientific research will have on medicine and science. Profoundly and powerfully, Thomas questions the folly of nuclear weaponry, showing that the brainpower and money spent on this endeavor are needed much more urgently for the basic science we have abandoned--and that even medicine's most advanced procedures would be useless or insufficient in the face of the smallest nuclear detonation. And in the title essay, he addresses himself with terrifying poignancy to the question of what it is like to be young in the nuclear age. "If Wordsworth had gone to medical school, he might have produced something very like the essays of Lewis Thomas."--TIME "No one better exemplifies what modern medicine can be than Lewis Thomas."--The New York Times Book Review… (altro)
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Por lo visto no aprendo. A pesar de que el anterior (y único hasta ahora) libro del autor no me gustó nada, como me compré dos en el VIPS tenía que leerlo.
No es que el libro sea malo. Pero trata temas que no me interesan. No son grandes logros científicos, ni puntos de vista que hagan pensar, ni asuntos que conciernan a todo el mundo. Es como pedirle a un oficinista gris que escriba su opinión sobre la tecnología y publicarla. No sería interesante. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
I always enjoy Lewis Thomas' writing, although this one is quite dated. Most of his late night thoughts are touched by the threat of nuclear war. Unfortunately, some of his concerns are still valid 30 years later. ( )
  SylviaC | Mar 7, 2013 |
A bit disappointing. With an average length of seven pages, I would not call these essays, and most are mere observations or snippets of knowledge, without discussion in depth, which would have interested me more. As a result, the book also appears dated. ( )
  edwinbcn | Oct 7, 2010 |
This is an Interesting collection of essays. Some are relevant and thought-provoking for today. Others were a bit dated and too focused on the build-up of nuclear weapons. The author's voice is down to earth and approachable, yet authoritative and experienced. ( )
  gwendolyndawson | Mar 29, 2008 |
More provocative essays on science and society by Lewis Thomas, the master of the genre. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 23, 2007 |
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This magnificent collection of essays by scientist and National Book Award-winning writer Lewis Thomas remains startlingly relevant for today's world. Luminous, witty, and provocative, the essays address such topics as "The Attic of the Brain," "Falsity and Failure," "Altruism," and the effects the federal government's virtual abandonment of support for basic scientific research will have on medicine and science. Profoundly and powerfully, Thomas questions the folly of nuclear weaponry, showing that the brainpower and money spent on this endeavor are needed much more urgently for the basic science we have abandoned--and that even medicine's most advanced procedures would be useless or insufficient in the face of the smallest nuclear detonation. And in the title essay, he addresses himself with terrifying poignancy to the question of what it is like to be young in the nuclear age. "If Wordsworth had gone to medical school, he might have produced something very like the essays of Lewis Thomas."--TIME "No one better exemplifies what modern medicine can be than Lewis Thomas."--The New York Times Book Review

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