Intuition Paperback – 1 Jan 2010
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"'Wonderfully written and as compulsive as Grisham... A riveting novel' The Times 'A brilliant fictional account of what might drive a scientist to manipulate data - and why a colleague might expose his misconduct... Breathtaking.' Financial Times '[Goodman] examines her subjects with exquisite precision, recording their reactions with thrilling subtlety.' Observer 'Goodman's characters so live and breathe on the page that they could get up and make you a cup of coffee while you finish the next chapter. Intuition is a stunning achievement.' Economist 'A thriller and a page-turner... Brilliant.' Lionel Shriver, Guardian * Optioned by Tom Hanks' production company, Playtone"
About the Author
Allegra Goodman is the author of a number of novels and collections of short stories. Named by the New Yorker as one of the twenty best American writers under forty, she has won several awards, and was shortlisted for the US National Book Award for her novel Kaaterskill Falls. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is her first book to be published in the UK.
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The book involves themes of personal motivation and fulfilment, the consequences and ambiguity of success and failure, and the hazy line where honesty turns into something else. I find I am pondering the issues and implications days after finishing it. I predict that when this gets a proper UK publication it will be a hit, and rightly so.
'Intuition' is set in the closed world of a research institute in Boston in the 1980s. A brash publicity-seeking oncologist, an exacting scientist driven by love of her research, and an ambitious young postdoctoral fellow are among the characters that populate this outstanding novel.
"The Lab" is awaken from years of unrewarding research when Cliff - a post-doc - 'discovers' a genetically modified virus that he has prepared that is positive and active in attacking cancer cells. A research paper is quickly published, major grant applications obtained, and publicity and promotion of this astonishing breakthrough is presented to the world.
All the laboratory and the Institute are excited and overwhelmed by this discovery - except for Cliff's ex-girlfriend and fellow researcher Robin.Read more ›
Cliff has just broken up with his older girlfriend, Robin, when the news breaks, and when she confides her doubts in Cliff's success to Marion's husband, he encourages her to challenge Cliff. Is this a matter of professional or sexual jealousy on behalf of Robin? Or is it genuine belief that Cliff is capable of falsifying some of his findings?
It's a very talky book and we get quite a lot of information about the practice of research science, as well as the doings of Glass's three daughters. I enjoyed it for it's obvious intelligent discourse as well as the ins and outs of the ensuing media frenzy and various tribunals that settle the question of whether Cliff has cheated or not. It took a fair time to get to the denouement, but it was mostly entertaining along the way.
It begins with Cliff, a post doctoral student, being hauled before his supervisors to explain why he is persisting with an unsuccessful line of inquiry. Faced with the termination of his research program, Cliff is at rock bottom, years of work look to be for nought. When his experiments unexpectedly bear fruit, he becomes flavour of the month, attracting prestige and, more importantly, funds to his cash-strapped research team. Other lines of research are halted as the other workers are told to direct their attentions to Cliff's experiments. The results represent a major breakthrough in the fight against cancer, but are Cliff's findings too good to be true? Robin, Cliff's on and off girlfriend, finds herself with reason to think so, but when she questions the integrity of his work, finds herself to be the group's pariah.
'Intuition' asks serious questions about scientific integrity and the temptations to misrepresent data, when in a highly competitive environment. Anybody who has ever worked in a post-graduate laboratory will recognise 'Intuition's' characters, and the political manoeuvrings that go on within an academic department. Goodman's characters are well drawn and flawed, making 'Intuition' credible read. Has Cliff deliberately forged his results to get ahead, or is Robin embittered by his success and the failure of their relationship?Read more ›
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Hard to put down read. This book perceives the pressures of academic life and captures the blood, sweat and tears culture of non tenure research staff.Published 2 months ago by Karin
I can only suppose that the 5 star reviews were written by friends and family. The writing style is mature, although the characterisation sounds a little too much as if real... Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
'Intuition' is undeniably well- written and well-researched. What it isn't though is unputdownable! Far from it in fact, it is quite often slightly boring and however much... Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2012 by H. Lacroix
Many, if not all, novels I've read about science fall into the trap of exaggeration - most typically the scientists themselves are deranged or the discoveries they (attempt to)... Read morePublished on 1 May 2011 by Maxine Clarke
Data manipulation is something that many scientists don't think that they would ever do, and have no wish to encounter. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2010 by HeecheeRendezvous
At last I have found a book that really gets inside the academic scientific research community and turns the politics and intrigue that accompany research - along with the often... Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2010 by BookWorm
After seeing all the comments from reviewers at the various newspapers shown on the back of the book I thought I was in for a good read.
Sadly, this was not the case. Read more