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Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body

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A brilliant study of Aristotle as biologist

The philosophical classics of Aristotle loom large over the history of Western thought, but the subject he most loved was biology. He wrote vast volumes about animals. He described them, classified them, told us where and how they live and how they develop in the womb or in the egg. He founded a science. It can even be said

that he founded science itself.

In The Lagoon, acclaimed biologist Armand Marie Leroi recovers Aristotleand#8217;s science. He revisits Aristotleand#8217;s writings and the places where he worked. He goes to the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos to see the creatures that Aristotle saw, where he saw them. He explores Aristotleand#8217;s observations,

his deep ideas, his inspired guessesand#151;and the things he got wildly wrong. He shows how Aristotleand#8217;s science is deeply intertwined with his philosophical system and reveals that he was not only the first biologist, but also one of the greatest.

The Lagoon is both a travelogue and a study of the origins of science. And it shows how a philosopher who lived almost two millennia ago still has so much to teach us today.

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Visit Armand Marie Leroi on the web: http://armandleroi.com/index.html

Stepping effortlessly from myth to cutting-edge science, Mutants gives a brilliant narrative account of our genetic code and the captivating people whose bodies have revealed itandmdash;a French convent girl who found herself changing sex at puberty; children who, echoing Homerandrsquo;s Cyclops, are born with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads; a village of long-lived Croatian dwarves; one family, whose bodies were entirely covered with hair, was kept at the Burmese royal court for four generations and gave Darwin one of his keenest insights into heredity. This elegant, humane, and engaging book andldquo;captures what we know of the development of what makes us humanandrdquo; (Nature).

Synopsis:

Stepping effortlessly from myth to cutting-edge science, "Mutants" gives a brilliant narrative account of man's genetic code and the captivating people whose bodies have revealed it.

About the Author

Visit Armand Marie Leroi on the web: http://armandleroi.com/index.html

Armand Marie Leroi has lived in South Africa, Canada, and the United States. Since 1996, he has been a lecturer in evolutionary genetics at Imperial College, London. He has published widely in technical journals on evolutionary and developmental genetics and writes occasionally for the London Review of Books.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue

I. Mutants (An introduction) 3

II. A Perfect Join (On embryos) 23

III. The Last Judgement (On first parts) 65

IV. Cleppies (On arms and legs) 105

V. Flesh of my Flesh, Bone of my Bone (On skeletons) 137

VI. The War with the Cranes (On growth) 169

VII. The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole (On gender) 217

VIII. A Fragile Bubble (On skin) 247

IX. The Sober Life (On ageing) 297

X. Anthropometamorphosis (An epilogue) 335

Acknowledgements 357

Notes 359

Bibliography 389

Index 421

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142004821
Author:
Leroi, Armand Marie
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Leroi, Armand
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Physiology
Subject:
Mutation (Biology)
Subject:
Abnormalities, human
Subject:
Biology-Genetics
Subject:
Biology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
7.74x5.88x.81 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Visit Armand Marie Leroi on the web: http://armandleroi.com/index.html

Stepping effortlessly from myth to cutting-edge science, Mutants gives a brilliant narrative account of our genetic code and the captivating people whose bodies have revealed itandmdash;a French convent girl who found herself changing sex at puberty; children who, echoing Homerandrsquo;s Cyclops, are born with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads; a village of long-lived Croatian dwarves; one family, whose bodies were entirely covered with hair, was kept at the Burmese royal court for four generations and gave Darwin one of his keenest insights into heredity. This elegant, humane, and engaging book andldquo;captures what we know of the development of what makes us humanandrdquo; (Nature).

"Synopsis" by , Stepping effortlessly from myth to cutting-edge science, "Mutants" gives a brilliant narrative account of man's genetic code and the captivating people whose bodies have revealed it.

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