Jonathan Weiner went to Harvard University with the intention of becoming a biologist,
but found himself seduced by poetry. He went on to complete his degree in English
and American literature. Yet, his love for biology never abated. His first foray
into journalism was an article for Harvard Magazine
on that very subject.
He is now regarded as one of the best science writers of his generation. He won
Prize for General Nonfiction
in 1994 for his book about evolution,
The Beak of the Finch
. A mind for science and a heart for poetry is certainly
a fortunate combination for a writer, but Weiner also has the dedication and obsessive
attention to detail only found in the best scientists and authors.
In researching and writing Time, Love, Memory, Weiner spent nearly five
years at the California Institute of Technology, observing biologist Seymour
Benzer and his colleagues in what they call the Fly Rooms. Benzer who
worked with geneticists Francis Crick and James Watson to create the double-helix
model has dedicated his further research to the behavioral consequences
of genes how pieces of DNA actually shape behavior. Benzer has
often been labeled a maverick and his research includes groundbreaking work
with the genetic code of the fruit fly. However, there is no doubting that his
research is pertinent, particularly given today's interest in cloning. Weiner
addresses the many controversial aspect of this issue in an evenhanded, informed
manner. Time, Love, Memory is many things: a biography of Benzer, a peek
over the shoulder of scientists at work, and an ode to genetic science. It is
a compelling and whimsical ride, and the reader can't help getting caught up
in the infectious enthusiasm of Benzer and his colleagues, which bubbles over
throughout Weiner's text. Georgie, Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "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 our knowledge of the connections between DNA and behavior.
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.
Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize forThe 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."
About the Author
Also the author of THE BEAK OF THE FINCH, Jonathan Weiner lives in Bucks County, PA.