English: Detailed and eye-opening/Deutsch: Detailliert und augenöffnend
English: Mukherjee offers deep insight into the history of genetics as a whole. From its ancient beginnings as the musings of philosophers about the storage of information necessary for the construction of an organism, through the horrors of the movements of eugenicists in the United States of America and the National Socialist ... English: Mukherjee offers deep insight into the history of genetics as a whole. From its ancient beginnings as the musings of philosophers about the storage of information necessary for the construction of an organism, through the horrors of the movements of eugenicists in the United States of America and the National Socialist German Workers' Party during the Nazi regime, right through the present state of genetics at the time of "The Gene"'s release, up to possible directions the field might take in the future, Mukherjee paints a picture of genetics that is as interesting and enlightening to read for a student of biology to put the history of a multitude of innovations and discoveries into perspective, as it probably will be for someone who is not already acquainted with some of the terminology used, as it all is explained in simple terms and not used excessively, while fitting pieces of an expertly told personal family history's narrative into the mix. A great book for anyone showing interest in the history of genetics, as well as some processes that helped define the field as it is today. Deutsch: Mukherjee bietet einen tiefen Einblick in die vollständige Geschichte der Genetik. Von ihren antiken Anfängen als Grübelein von Philosophen über das Speichern von Information, die nötig ist, um einen Organismus zu bilden, durch die Schrecken der Bewegungen der Eugeniker in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika und der Nationalsozialistischen Deutschen Arbeiterpartei während des Nazi-Regimes, direkt durch den heutigen Stand der Genetik zum Zeitpunkt der Veröffentlichung von "The Gene", hindurch, bis hin zu möglichen Richtungen, die das Forschungsfeld in der Zukunft einschlagen könnte, malt Mukherjee ein Bild, das so interessant und erleuchtend für eine*n Biologiestudent*in zu lesen ist, um die Geschichte einer Vielfalt von Neuerungen und Entdeckungen in Perspektive zu stellen, wie es das wahrscheinlich auch für eine Person ist, die nicht schon vorab mit der verwendeten Terminologie vertraut ist, da diese in einfachen Worten erklärt und nicht exzessiv gebraucht wird, während Stücke einer hervorragend erzählten Familiengeschichte in die Mischung gepasst werden. Ein großartiges Buch für jede Person, die Interesse an der Geschichte der Genetik zeigt und an einigen Prozessen, die das Forschungsfeld, wie es heute ist, definiert haben.
An Intimate History. Ausgezeichnet mit dem Wissensbuch des Jahres 2017. Nominiert: Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016, Nominiert: Wellcome Book Prize 2017
Selected as a Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Economist, Independent, Observer and Mail on Sunday
THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017
'Dramatic and precise... [A] thrilling and comprehensive account of what seems certain to be the most radical, controversial and, to borrow from the subtitle, intimate science of our time... He is a natural storyteller... A page-turner... Read this book and steel yourself for what comes next'
Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from bestselling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee.
Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function.
This is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life, by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies. But woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history - the story of Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. These concerns reverberate even more urgently today as we learn to 'read' and 'write' the human genome - unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children.
The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a 'unit of heredity'. It intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds - from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes.
Majestic in its ambition, and unflinching in its honesty, The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity - and a vision of both humanity's past and future.
"With a marriage of architectural precision and luscious narrative, an eye for both the paradoxical detail and the unsettling irony, and a genius for locating the emotional truths buried in chemical abstractions, Mukherjee leaves you feeling as though you've just aced a college course for which you'd been afraid to register - and enjoyed every minute of it" Andrew Solomon Washington Post