Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding how our genes work (Bloomsbury Sigma) Hardcover – 14 Jan 2016
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A witty, clued-up report from the front lines of genetics ... Kat Arney unravels the intricacies of the discipline with a romp through 'thumbed' cats, hipped fish and frank interviews with scientists. (Nature)
Arney's chirpy tour through the mysteries of modern genetics is engrossing and fun ... a lively update on the phenomenal complexity of the molecular inheritance that make us us. (Stephen Curry The Guardian)
Arney's delightful book is accessible to those without a scientific background and its breezy anecdotal style makes for entertaining reading. (Mark Pagel BBC Focus)
...a gorgeously written, surprisingly gripping introduction to everything we've learned about genes since the famous Human Genome Project several years ago. (Robert Krulwich National Geographic)
A sprightly, energetic tour through the minds of those trying to understand genes. each snappy chapter is a remarkable feat of information and fascination. (Robin Ince, comedian, writer and co-presenter of The Infinite Monkey Cage and The Quest for Wonder)
Kay Arney explores the mysteries of the genome, shedding light on the complex and ever-changing world of genetics. (Science Focus)
If you want to find out for whom the cell mutates, then Herding Hemingway's Cats is for you . Kat Arney decodes the greatest works of nature, written in the language of the genes. (Roger Highfield, author, science journalist and museum executive)
A great addition to the rapidly growing field of books giving us an insight into just how complex biology is at the molecular level ... a great piece of popular science. (Brian Clegg Popular Science)
Kat is one of the world's finest science communicators and enthusiasts. Herding Hemingway's Cats will instantly turn you into the most interesting guest at any party - it's a joy to read and a masterclass in making the complex story of life accessible, entertaining and relevant. (Mark Stevenson, author of An Optimist's Tour of the Future)
Injecting personality, enthusiasm and humour into the topic, geneticist Kat Arney uses bizarre stories ... to show how genes give our cells the recipe for life. (How It Works)
How DNA is packed, unpacked and read - a companion reader to the book of life itself.See all Product description
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I'm definitely recommending this to my students. If they are looking for 'the facts' to learn to pass the exam then thy may well be disappointed. If they want to engage with the curiosities, the uncertainties, the downright strange and be inspired to find corners to poke in for their own research then this is a book that can really set them going.
I see the scope for a few class prizes too!
What a great book. Best popular science book [in the best sense of the term] around on genes and epigenetics, and I have read many. Very clear despite lack of diagrams, very up to date and very wide-ranging, especially its coverage of the latest ideas which might or might not become mainstream, gained by touring the World talking to top scientists. The author is a scientist herself who used to work in this area, and it shows (by her obvious in-depth understanding and simple explanations of sometimes complicated ideas).
Add to that a good helping of humour, and you have the perfect Christmas present for anyone with an enquiring mind.
I've not quite finished reading the Kindle edition, but the book inspired me to rush off and write this review, as it's still time to buy before Christmas.
I just hope the author is able to update the book from time-to-time, or maybe will set up a web site where she can provide updates to the book.
All this and written by a cat! Maybe that's why she understands mice so well.
(No, I don't know, nor have any connection with, the author.)
The conclusion may make those looking for definitives feel undersold. That feeling though, results not from the book's contents but from the conclusion one might draw from that about where we are in the journey towards understanding how biology - and physics - work.
Surprising in its breadth, this book is written in a style that scientists of a puritanical nature may not enjoy. I, as an engineer, found it just right despite an initial personal struggle with a slippery sensation of intangibility. I got over that.
I would strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to understand what's going on in biological sciences right now, from the curious lay person all the way to the geneticist looking for a fresh view on the field. Particularly recommended to biology undergraduates - on the topics it covers it beats most textbooks for clarity.
I will now take some of the articles about revolutionary genetic discoveries that I read in popular science magazines with a pinch of salt!