- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Press (21 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879698764
- ISBN-13: 978-0879698768
- Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2.3 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dr. Jennifer Rohn is a cell biologist at University College London and founder and editor of LabLit.com, an online magazine devoted to lab culture and fiction. She has appeared on TV, radio, podcasts, live panels, and in print as a science/lit/art/culture pundit, and writes for various publications including Nature and The Scientist. She blogs about the scientific lifestyle at Mind the Gap on Nature Network. Experimental Heart is her first novel.
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A degree of scientific literacy might save the reader a few minutes here and there, but the explanations are clear enough for any interested reader to grasp what's going on. Go ahead and try it out!
As the "lablit" label suggests, the lab, located in an academic research centre in London, and the science conducted there (and in a small biotech company next door) play very important parts in the novel. It's not just that the ambitions of a slightly mad scientist drive the plot, the scientific agenda also shapes the encounters of the characters, and science metaphors colour their speech and indeed the voice of the narrator.
I was wondering in the beginning why the author has chosen to slip into the skin of a male narrator, post-doc Andy O'Hara, but it soon becomes clear that he is the central atom entirely surrounded by a coordination sphere of intriguing females, including five scientists and his mother. I'm beginning to suspect that the name of the local pub where some of the events unfold, King Henry VIII., may have something to do with this bouquet of six women.
Not surprisingly, hard-working Andy is quite confused by the various attractive forces acting in this coordination sphere and it takes him 360 pages to figure it out and get all the bond lengths and angles right. In comparison, the thriller sub-plot with the mad scientist comes relatively easy to him, as he can use scientific methods and straightforward experiments to work out what is going on there.Read more ›
This book kept me gripped right to the end on all the storylines - the science research and subterfuge, the relationships between research colleagues and the romances. It was a great idea to have a detective story where the plot is revealed through scientific experiments - as indeed, that is what science is all about. The depictions of lab life are so realistic it made me want to get back into the lab myself. I recommend scientists and non-scientists alike to read Experimental Heart.
this novel, which follows a science-nerd as he twists, turns, and learns
about himself through a plot that mixes a thriller with romance. The
scientific basis just adds to the fun, adding extra spice for scientists
who can recognise their favorite stereotypes, while giving novel motives and
new plotlines for all readers of thriller/detective novels.
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I really enjoyed this - have a science background so was pleased to see a 'grown up' novel about what goes on in a lab with a woman as heroine!Published 2 months ago by Pam D.
I was intrigued when I heard an interview with the author, who's a scientist as well as being a novelist. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by Pippa
I'm a science student, but usually stick to crime novels. This genre for me made a well-needed break, as well as giving a good insight into the field of work I want to go into. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I had very nice time reading this book. It's well written, absorbing and has a very unique lab flavour. Real page turner.Published on 19 Jan. 2011 by ola
A thrilling insight into the hidden world of a scientist - the novel sizzles with authentic detail without ever losing the most casual lay reader. Read morePublished on 6 May 2009 by turvy
It was a real joy to read a book that managed to effortlessly encompass both the global nature and importance of scientific and medical research, whilst accurately representing the... Read morePublished on 6 May 2009 by Ian White