Jonathan Weiner – Time, Love, Memory

National Book Critics Circle, Nonfiction, 2000

Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting skills to the story of Seymour Benzer, the Brooklyn-born maverick scientist whose study of genetics and experiments with fruit fly genes has helped revolutionize or knowledge of the connections between DNA and behavior both animal and human.

How much of our fate is decided before we are born? Which of our characteristics is inscribed in our DNA? Weiner brings us into Benzer’s Fly Rooms at the California Institute of Technology, where Benzer, and his asssociates are in the process of finding answers, often astonishing ones, to these questions. Part biography, part thrilling scientific detective story, Time, Love, Memory forcefully demonstrates how Benzer’s studies are changing our world view–and even our lives.

Author: Jonathan Weiner
Narrator: Kevin Pariseau
Duration: 11 hours 37 minutes
Released: 9 Oct 2012
Publisher: Audible Studios
Language: English

User Review:

foreword scruffy

The author and the narrator did an excellent job, brought life to a seemingly dry and boring subject of molecular biology history. This book presents stories about well known scientists, and untold countless graduate students and post-docs, whose effort, talent, dedications, sheer luck, or misfortune brought about our partial understanding of the genetic or molecular basis of life. It reads like a mystery sci-fi.
I recommend this book highly to those who are interested in any of the topics below:
– A brief history of molecular biology, gene research.
– A window into scientific investigations ??? their attractions, perseverance, disappointments, triumphs, and politics.
– How human being is but a part of the biological universe.
– how our behavior or free will is or is not what we think we know.