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In retrospect : from the pill to the pen
Djerassi, Carl, author.
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Publication Information:
London : Imperial College Press, [2015]
Physical Description:
ix, 388 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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QD22.D54 A3 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Biography
QD22.D54 A3 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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"In an age of creative and intellectual specialisation Carl Djerassi stands out for his virtuosity in both science and the arts. His transition, at a time of life when many men are thinking about retirement, from being a star organic chemist to being a writer of fiction, poetry, novels and plays which have been published and translated and performed all round the world, is surely unique. This final installment of autobiography is deeply expressive of the man: feisty, witty, candid, totally committed to the life of the mind yet susceptible to powerful emotions triggered by love and death, and humorously, but unapologetically, aware of his own driven nature."David LodgeNovelist, critic and Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Birmingham"Carl Djerassi is a great scientist who has rare skill as a creative writer as well as a deep interest in the arts, in education and in global issues. This wide-ranging book, written reflectively and with great eloquence, would fascinate scientists and non-scientists alike and deserves a very broad readership."Lord Martin ReesAstronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society"Carl Djerassi, novelist, playwright, poet and memoirist, is a writer of exceptional versatility who brings his scientific, historical and literary knowledge to a dazzling range of themes. He is not afraid of big ideas or of personal issues and animates them with wit and invention."Dame Margaret DrabbleNovelist, biographer and criticThese are the reflections of a nonagenarian polymath describing the shift from a fifty-year-long career as a world-famous chemist to a subsequent twenty-five-year immersion in "science-in-fiction" and "science-in-theater, " which is virtually unique among contemporary scientists. Sharply self-critical, yet full of humor, this autobiographical account covers themes such as the future of sex in an age of technological reproduction, the history of the Pill seen through the eyes of one of its inventors, innovative -- even unique -- pedagogic experiments, the insoluble homelessness of a refugee, suicide, and art collecting. This book is also heavily illustrated with 94 individual pictures.