Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas was an American physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher. He was born on November 25, 1913, and died on December 3, 1993. Thomas is best known for his essays on science, which blend a deep understanding of biology and medicine with a philosophical inquiry into the nature of life and humanity. His most famous work, 'The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher', won the National Book Awards for Arts and Letters and The Sciences. His reflections on biology, medicine, and humanity have influenced both scientific and literary communities.


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  1. 1. The Lives of a Cell

    This book is a collection of 29 essays that explore the world of science and biology, providing insights into the interconnectedness of life on Earth. The author uses metaphors and analogies to explain complex scientific concepts, such as the similarities between Earth and a single cell. The essays cover a wide range of topics, including the behavior of bacteria, the possibility of life on other planets, and the role of language in human evolution. The book emphasizes the importance of understanding and respecting the complexity and beauty of life.