Book Name:- The Gene: An Intimate History
Book 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 function and form.
The story of the book, The Gene: An Intimate History begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856, where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s, and intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will.
Above all, this is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds–from Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin to Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin and James Watson, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes.
This is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea being brought 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 reflect even more urgently today as we learn to ‘write’ and ‘read’ the human genome–unleashing the potential to change the identities and fates of our children. Majestic in its ambition, and courageous in its honesty, The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity–and a vision of both humanity’s future and past.