Search Results: "Carl Djerassi"


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NO by Carl Djerassi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"But for insight into the grants apparatus, the bureaucracy of science, and the way scientists think and work, Djerassi's your man."
Stanford professor Djerassi (Menachem's Seed, etc.), eminent chemist and —Father of the Pill,— here concludes his 'science-in-fiction— tetralogy with another speculation about the frontiers of sexuality, this time concerning the effects of nitric oxide (NO) on male impotence. Read full book review >

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MENACHEM'S SEED by Carl Djerassi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Bravo, professor."
The third and best volume in the author's ``science-in- fiction'' tetralogy (Cantor's Dilemma, 1989; The Bourbaki Gambit, 1994). Read full book review >

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THE BOURBAKI GAMBIT by Carl Djerassi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"No Michael Crichton thriller, but an interesting picture of how real science operates."
In Stanford chemistry professor Djerassi's second attempt (following Cantor's Dilemma, 1989) at a genre he calls science- in-fiction, science thrives but fiction is anemic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 1992

"A fascinating if incomplete look at a 20th-century Renaissance man. (Twenty-five photographs—not seen.)"
Best known as the chemist who first synthesized the steroid oral contraceptive popularly called ``the Pill,'' Djerassi (Chemistry/Stanford; the novel Cantor's Dilemma, 1989, etc.), now 68, demonstrates once again that he's no white-coated specialist working in isolation in a lab but a colorful, even eccentric and sometimes self-indulgent man of the world—one who's got chutzpah and a sense of humor and who's deeply concerned with social issues. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Knowingly and gloriously boastful, but not nearly as entertaining as Djerassi's earlier memoir, The Pill, Pygmy Chimps, and Degas' Horse (1992)."
A memoir of the birth control pill's monumental impact on its creator's life, as well as a capsule history of the Pill's development—and a response to those who blame it for various current social woes. Read full book review >

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MARX, DECEASED by Carl Djerassi
Released: Aug. 2, 1996

"Charming characters and clever prose, though few readers are likely to care about the issue of peer review as much as Djerassi evidently does."
Djerassi, a Stanford chemistry professor and the man who developed the first oral contraceptive, expressed his fascination with scientists' hunger for recognition in his first two novels (The Bourbaki Gambit, 1994; Cantor's Dilemma, 1989). Read full book review >

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CARL SANDBURG by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"However, despite credits for Sandburg's writings and many grateful acknowledgments, there is no indication of the written sources used for the primary text. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A clever organization and nostalgic ink-and-watercolor illustrations cannot save this picture-book biography of one of the 20th century's great men of letters. Read full book review >

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CARL SAGAN by William Poundstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1999

"A readable and comprehensive life of a fascinating subject."
Carl Sagan was without question the most famous scientist since Einstein. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Budding scientists will surely draw inspiration from this biography of Linnaeus, whom Anderson dubs ``the greatest botanist of all time.'' Linnaeus and his world—18th-century Sweden—may seem far removed from most middle-graders' experiences, but Anderson creates a dramatic narrative fully capable of keeping readers enthralled. Read full book review >

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CARL SANDBURG by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 1991

Sandburg's long life (1878-1967) illustrates the great American success story: Emerging from an austere Swedish immigrant background, through work, discipline, clean living, and high thinking he achieved fame, love, power, and money, and was identified at his death, at age 89, with the voice of America. Read full book review >

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