Harold Morowitz has lengthy been looked hugely either as an eminent scientist and as an comprehensive technology author. The essays in The Wine of Life, his first assortment, have been hailed via C.P. Snow as "some of the wisest, wittiest and most sensible educated that i've got read," and Carl Sagan known as them "a pride to read." In later volumes comparable to Mayonnaise and the starting place of Life and The Thermodynamics of Pizza, he has proven a name for a wide-ranging mind, a capability to determine unforeseen connections and draw remarkable parallels, and a expertise for speaking clinical rules with optimism and wit. Kirkus Reviews praised Mayonnaise as "wonderfully diverting and intensely wise." Nature wrote of Thermodynamics, "his chocolate-coated nuggets of technology will proceed to entertain and do surreptitious good."
With Entropy and the Magic Flute, Morowitz once more deals an attractive mixture of short reflections on every thing from litmus paper to the hippopotamus to the sociology of Palo Alto espresso retailers. lots of those items are appreciations of scientists that Morowitz holds in excessive regard. within the name piece, for example, Morowitz tells of his pilgrimage to the grave of Ludwig Boltzmann, buried within the similar cemetery--Vienna's imperative Cemetery--as Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms. He additionally writes of J. Willard Gibbs ("thought by way of many to be the best scientist but produced by means of the United States"), Jean Perrin (author of Les Atomes, a now-forgotten vintage that confident almost each person in technology of the validity of the atomic hypothesis), Einstein, Newton (on the celebration of the three hundredth anniversary of his Principia, a date that handed almost neglected other than by way of Morowitz), Murray Gell-Mann, and Aristotle. Of Aristotle, Morowitz observes that "most humans whose info comes from educational philosophy fail to understand that--among his many fields of expertise--first and top-rated, Aristotle used to be a biologist." certainly, absolutely a 3rd of Aristotle's writings are at the existence sciences, just about all of which has been disregarded of normal variations of his paintings. Many different items specialize in health and wellbeing issues--such as America's obsession with cheese toppings, the dependancy to smoking of in a different way clever humans, questionable obstetric practices--and a number of comment on ethics, whistle-blowing, and medical examine. there's additionally a desirable piece at the American style tradition assortment, a zoo or warehouse for microbes that homes a few 11,800 lines of micro organism, and over 3,000 specimens of protozoa, algae, plasmids, and oncogenes.
right here then are over 40 mild, swish essays during which one in all our wisest experimental biologists reviews on problems with technology, expertise, society, philosophy, and the arts.