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Panic in Level 4

Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science
Preston, Richard (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Dramatic true stories about the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world.
Authors: Preston, Richard, 1954-
Title: Panic in level 4
cannibals, killer viruses, and other journeys to the edge of science
Published: New York : Random House, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xli, 188 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Notes: "Portions of this book appeared in different form in The New Yorker."
Contents: The mountains of Pi
A death in the forest
The search for ebola
The human Kabbalah
The lost unicorn
The self-cannibals.
Summary: Dramatic true stories about the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world.
Local Note: 1
Alternate Title: Panic in level four
ISBN: 9781400064908
1400064902
Branch Call Number: 616.024 PRE
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Preston
Subject Headings: Medicine, Popular. Science. Science writers.
Topical Term: Medicine, Popular.
Science.
Science writers.
LCCN: 2007041770
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Jul 26, 2013
  • kmcinto rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very, very good book to read! You tell the author really does his homework & tries to give his readers a descriptive environment with the people he meets. even the introduction was particularly interesting with the actual title of the book.
However this book is broken up into 6 different categories: intro of the level 4 unknown virus, two brothers building a supercomputer, trees in America that are under the threat of foreign parasites, the Ebola virus, the discussion of a unicorn quilt made back in the 1500s, & the self cannibalism genetic disease. So there's a little bit of something for everyone's interest.

He tries to spice the stories up with humor and really is informative with each one. I didn't think I was going to enjoy the tree one in particular, but it did grab my attention unlike the the story about the 2 brothers building a supercomputer. I am not interested what so ever into mathematics or computers, but that's okay. It doesn't ruin my enjoyment of reading the other tales he has researched.

Very interesting read, Panic in Level 4 manages to be funny, serious, and informative all at the same time. A very interesting read if you have the time or the interest in more obscure medical mysteries, though it does delve into the world of computers. I particularly liked the story about the two brothers who built a super computer out of mail order parts in an apartment in new york.

Aug 19, 2008
  • Geophile rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An entertaining, highly readable collection of essays on varied science topics. Slanted towards biology, with stories on genetics, disease, and invasive species, but also touches on mathematics and computers.

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