Sunday, August 31, 2008

Panic in Level 4

Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science, by Richard Preston.

Quickie Recap: Who plays with Ebola? Who gives a shit about pi? What does DNA taste like? Richard Preston answers all the questions I bet no one besides him really thought of asking.

Quickie Review: This book was disjointed, it's just 6 different topics with nothing to do with each other that Preston thought worth publishing. And actually, they are. Worth publishing, I mean. It's no great literary achievement, but there are some interesting moments. I actually came away having learned something about pi, and I have to give some credit there.

Quickie Recommendation: Have you ever wondered what would compel a person to eat their own flesh? If so, this is a pretty good source.

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