Privileged Hands: A Scientific Life

Geerat Vermeij

Published by W.H. Freeman & Company, 1997
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Synopsis: Foreword by Alfred G. Fischer "He demonstrates how the pondering of seemingly small questions ...can lead to the discovery of large patterns, such as the way that organisms evolve in response to predators." Nature Blind since early childhood, the author has become a foremeost evolutionary biologist using mainly his sense of touch. Dr Vermeij is a leading authority on molluscs who travels the world in pursuit of his calling. His discoveries, based on feeling million-year old scarred or broken shells, have expanded our picture of how evolution works.

Review: This remarkable memoir by the great marine biologist Geerat Vermeij, who is perhaps the world's leading authority on marine mollusks and who has been blind since the age of three, resonates on several levels: it is, first of all, a profound and vivid exploration of the current state of evolutionary theory; secondly, an engaging memoir of scientific exploration carried out in exotic locales; and finally, an acute examination of what it means to be sightless. Vermeij's extraordinary life reads like that of one of the great early biological explorers, whose theories were all based on extensive fieldwork in remote spots. It is also an inspiring tale of a man who, thanks to a remarkably devoted and intelligent family and his own inexhaustible scientific curiosity, overcame his handicap to further the sum of human knowledge.

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Title: Privileged Hands: A Scientific Life
Publisher: W.H. Freeman & Company
Publication Date: 1997
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