- the medusa and the snail: more notes of a biology watcher, lewis thomas we live in a dancing matrix of viruses they dart, rather like bees, from organism to organism, from plant to insect to mammal to me and back again, and into the sea, tugging along pieces of this genome, strings of genes from that, transplanting grafts of dna, passing. In its first paperback edition, the medusa and the snail won another national book award in science  [a] his autobiography, the youngest science: notes of a medicine watcher , is a record of a century of medicine and the changes which occurred in it. The medusa-snail story is a particularly extraordinary tale of a mature jellyfish engulfing a tiny newly-hatched slug--only to be devoured bit by bit until the snail.
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Get this from a library the medusa and the snail : more notes of a biology watcher [lewis thomas] -- astute observations on the fates of the medusa, a parasitical jellyfish, and the sea slug to which it attaches itself touch upon eternal issues of life and death. They each are the product of mistakes followed by refinement, which then produces a masterpiece âif we were not provided with the knack of being wrong, we could never get anything usefulâ this quote from the medusa and the snail by biologist lewis thomas summarizes the basic truth that in a world void of any errors or mistakes, and the. He then goes on to say that computers come do the same as humans, like when people make mistakes they learn from them, he said that if computers could do it they would be even more perfect then stated. Lewis thomas has been said to be a philosopher who uses the language of biology his fascinating observations on the quirkiness of the world's infinite creations causes listener.
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The jellyfish (medusa) is affixed to the mouth of the slug (snail), and when the slug produces larvae, one becomes entrapped in the tentacles of the tiny jellyfish at first it looks like the parasite is the predator. What lewis thomas says medusa and the snail (1979) read more quotations about / on: music, work share this quote: we are built to make mistakes, coded for. The medusa and the snail mistakes essay analysis станислав фомичев 'medusa' by carol ann duffy: structure / form analysis - duration: 3:03 mrbruff 5,268 views 3:03. The medusa and the snail: more notes of a biology watcher user review - kirkus this second collection of short pieces by the president of memorial sloan-kettering cancer center will bring joy to those who delighted in lives of a cell.