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"Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind." -- Lewis Thomas
Lewis Thomas (November 25, 1913–December 3, 1993) was a physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher.

Thomas was born in Flushing, New York and attended Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He became Dean of Yale Medical School and New York University School of Medicine, and President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute.

He was invited to write regular essays in the New England Journal of Medicine, and won a National Book Award for the 1974 collection of those essays, Notes of a Biology Watcher. He also won a Christopher Award for this book. Two other collections of essays (from NEJM and other sources) are The Medusa and the Snail and Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony. His autobiography, The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine Watcher is a record of a century of medicine and the changes which occurred in it. He also published a book on etymology entitled Et Cetera, Et Cetera, poems, and numerous scientific papers.

Many of his essays discuss relationships among ideas or concepts using etymology as a starting point. Others concern the cultural implications of scientific discoveries and the growing awareness of ecology. In his essay on Mahler's Ninth Symphony, Thomas addresses the anxieties produced by the development of nuclear weapons. Thomas is often quoted, given his notably eclectic interests and superlative prose style.

The Lewis Thomas Prize is awarded annually by The Rockefeller University to a scientist for artistic achievement.

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Total Books: 64
Treasury of human inheritance Volume 1
2010 - Treasury of Human Inheritance Volume 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781172535095
ISBN-10: 1172535094
Genre: History
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The Lives of a Cell Notes of a Biology Watcher
2008 - The Lives of a Cell Notes of a Biology Watcher (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439509364
ISBN-10: 1439509360
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Medusa And The Snail More Notes Of A Biology Watcher
2004 - Medusa and the Snail More Notes of a Biology Watcher (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780606310765
ISBN-10: 0606310762
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Potter Junction
2000 - Potter Junction (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781878044716
ISBN-10: 1878044710
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Et Cetera Et Cetera Notes of a Word-Watcher
2000 - Et Cetera Et Cetera Notes of a Word-watcher (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781566491662
ISBN-10: 1566491665
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Reference
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

The Lives of a Cell
1997 - The Lives of a Cell (Audio Cassette)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780786108626
ISBN-10: 0786108622
Genres: Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation
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The Fragile Species
1996 - The Fragile Species (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780684843025
ISBN-10: 0684843021
Genres: Science & Math, Medicine
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2

The Youngest Science  Notes of a Medicine-Watcher
1995 - The Youngest Science Notes of a Medicine-watcher [Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780140243277
ISBN-10: 0140243275
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math
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Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony
1995 - Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140243284
ISBN-10: 0140243283
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science & Math
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 4

The Medusa and the Snail  More Notes of a Biology Watcher
1995 - The Medusa and the Snail More Notes of a Biology Watcher (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140243192
ISBN-10: 0140243194
Genres: Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2

The Fragile Species
1993 - The Fragile Species (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780020545552
ISBN-10: 002054555X
Genres: Science & Math, Medicine
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Elementary Turkish
1986 - Elementary Turkish (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780486250649
ISBN-10: 0486250644
Genre: Reference
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Late Night Thoughts
1985 - Late Night Thoughts [Oxford Paperbacks] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780192860699
ISBN-10: 0192860690
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Granta 16 Science
1985 - Granta 16 Science [Granta Viking] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140085938
ISBN-10: 0140085939
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Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony
1984 - Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (Paperback)Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780553341096
ISBN-10: 055334109X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science & Math
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2

Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony
1984 - Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553344127
ISBN-10: 0553344129
Genres: Nonfiction, Science & Math
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Medusa and the Snail The
1982 - Medusa and the Snail The (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780553259131
ISBN-10: 055325913X
Genre: Science & Math
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1

The Medusa and the Snail More Notes of a Biology Watcher
1980 - The Medusa and the Snail More Notes of a Biology Watcher (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780816131020
ISBN-10: 0816131023
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Lives of a Cell
1980 - Lives of a Cell (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780713913507
ISBN-10: 0713913509
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The Medusa and the Snail More Notes of a Biology Watcher
1979 - The Medusa and the Snail More Notes of a Biology Watcher (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780670465682
ISBN-10: 0670465682
Genre: Science & Math
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 6

The Medusa and the Snail More Notes of a Biology Watcher
1979 - The Medusa and the Snail More Notes of a Biology Watcher (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780553134063
ISBN-10: 055313406X
Genre: Science & Math
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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The Manipulation of Life [Nobel Conference XIX] (Paperback)
Reflexiones Nocturnas [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)