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The Violinist's Thumb - And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

Sam Kean

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From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists. Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Henry Leyva

Length:

12h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

15:55


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

38:19


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

50:11


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

40:04


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

46:41


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

49:49


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

43:07


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

44:41


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

44:55


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

45:57


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

50:04


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

40:37


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

51:37


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

48:02


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

46:57


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

47:48


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

41:29


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

09:34