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  • Ian Pitchford
    GLOBE AND MAIL Goodbye to the gene? Genes have had a glorious run in the 20th century, inspiring a whole series of astonishing biological advances. But their
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      GLOBE AND MAIL
      Goodbye to the gene?
      Genes have had a glorious run in the 20th century,
      inspiring a whole series of astonishing biological
      advances. But their glory days may be over.
      ALANNA MITCHELL

      Saturday, December 30, 2000


      The Century of the Gene
      By Evelyn Fox Keller
      Harvard University Press,
      192 pages, $33.99

      Sometimes, with great luck, you happen on a book that is wondrous in its
      ability to take a topic apart and explain it lucidly.

      Sometimes, the joy is to be found in the way an author is able to put those
      pieces back together.

      And sometimes, it is the elegance both of analysis and synthesis that makes a
      book truly great.

      The Century of the Gene,by Evelyn Fox Keller, a professor of the history and
      philosophy of science at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., reaches that level and then
      vaults past it into the category of rare volumes that are unforgettable.

      This the sort of book that, once found, can never be relinquished. The breadth
      of intellect is so strong, the importance of the subject so acute, the language
      so beautifully wrought, that you find yourself drawn to read it again and
      again, only to find a new dimension each time.

      You have the uncanny sensation of being in a room whose walls are covered with
      mirrors reflecting -- you think -- reality. This book seems to take you gently
      by the hand and lead you through the mirrors into an unsuspected world beyond.
      And then to one never imagined beyond that, and then to hint at yet another
      further on. And to do it all in the fresh spirit of exploration, never bound by
      the suffocating strictures of orthodoxy.

      Full text:
      http://www.globeandmail.com/gam/Science/20001230/BKGENE.html
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