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Cantor's Dilemma Paperback – 28 Mar 1991

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (28 Mar. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140143599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140143591
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,010,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

Consider this novel as a teaching tool
This novel is the first volume in a tetralogy of novels in the rarely used genre of "science-in-fiction"--not to be confused with science fiction. (For further explanation, see Djerassi's home page). CANTOR'S DILEMMA came out in paperback in 1991 (Penguin-USA) and has had to be reprinted once or twice every year since then because it is now used as a text or supplementary reading in many colleges and universities (and even some high schools)to illuminate the highly tribal culture of contemporary research scientists. Of particular relevance are the ethical issues raised in this novel and the subsequent volumes (THE BOURBAKI GAMBIT and MENACHEM'S SEED).Though presented in the guise of fiction, they deal with urgent, timely real issues as indicated by the following title of one of Djerassi's lectures: "NOBLE SCIENCE AND NOBEL LUST: DISCLOSING TRIBAL SECRETS THROUGH SCIENCE-IN-FICTION." Queries as well as commentary or criticism are welcome via e-mail (

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When Professor Isidore Cantor reveals his latest breakthrough in cancer research, the scientific community is galvanized. Cantor's most promising research fellow, Dr. Jeremiah Stafford, has only to conduct the experiment that will prove the brilliant hypothesis and win cantor the Nobel Prize. But how far will the young assistant go to guarantee the results?

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