I saw an author talking about his book on Book TV. It sounds fascinating and one that people on AVC might like. It’s called The Violinist’s Thumb, with the subtitle: And Other Tales of Love, War anHd Genius as Written by our Genetic Code, by Sam Kean, a physicist.
From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA.
In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST’S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.
There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK’s bronze skin (it wasn’t a tan) to Einstein’s genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.
Kean’s vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species’ future.
I notice that the Book TV segment where Sam Kean, author of The Violinist’s Thumb, speaks about his book should be on again at 9PM Pacific Time, today, May 18th, on CSPAN 2, though it’s hard to say exactly when he’ll be on since it says this segment will be on from 9 PM to 5 AM! (Someone on the channel said it would be on at midnight, whatever that means in terms of time zones). Worth seeing, though, if you can catch it. It’s on the segment filmed at the Gaithersburg Book Festival.