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Djerassi, Carl

Works: 243 works in 586 publications in 5 languages and 13,460 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Fiction  Biography  Anecdotes  Exhibition catalogs  Personal narratives  Popular works 
Roles: Editor, Creator, Author of introduction, Honoree
Classifications: PS3554.J47, 812.54
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Newton's darkness two dramatic views by Carl Djerassi ( )
12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The politics of contraception by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
22 editions published between 1979 and 2001 in English and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At age twenty-eight, Carl Djerassi led the team at Syntex in Mexico that synthesized the first oral contraceptive. An internationally honored chemist, he has worked for decades as a scientist carrying out basic research and as an industrialist concerned with finding practical applications for laboratory discoveries. He is therefore uniquely qualified to discuss birth control, present and future, from the triple perspective of science, industry, and public policy. In this book, Professor Djerassi covers a range of current contraceptive methods and their use both in the United States and abroad, including the developing nations. He shows how research and development have been affected by the public's fears of side effects, notably cancer, and he assesses the role of the press and legislators, often critical and ill informed, in shaping pubic policy and attitudes- including unrealistic expectations for new technological breakthroughs. He also discusses in detail future male and female contraceptives that might be developed if realistic changes are made in public policy. In a special chapter on China, where more women than anywhere else take the Pill and where a new male Pill is being tested on humans, he explains how that nation has adopted a promising "contraceptive supermarket" approach to birth control. The book ends with his personal account of the chemical history of the Pill, which has never been told in layman's terms before. -- from Book Jacket
Foreplay Hannah Arendt, the two Adornos, and Walter Benjamin : [a play] by Carl Djerassi ( )
10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cantor's dilemma by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
22 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When Professor Isidore Cantor reveals his latest breakthrough in cancer research, his promising research fellow, Dr. Jeremiah Stafford, has only to conduct the experiment and win Cantor the Nobel prize. But how far will Stafford go to guarantee the results' Carl Djerassi draws from his career as a world-famous scientist to describe the fierce competition driving scientific superstars in this gripping novel
Optical rotatory dispersion; applications to organic chemistry by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
19 editions published between 1960 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mass spectrometry of organic compounds by Herbert Budzikiewicz ( Book )
13 editions published between 1967 and 1993 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chemistry in Theatre Insufficiency, Phallacy or Both by Carl Djerassi ( )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book examines the questions "What can science do for the theatre?" and "What can the theatre do for science?" which raise challenges for both theatre professionals and scientists. Unusually, this book deals with plays first and foremost as reading material -- as texts to be read alone or in dramatic readings -- rather than emphasizing performances on the stage. Concrete examples are given to demonstrate the potential pedagogic value of using the dialogic style and plot structure of plays in science, with a special focus on chemistry. Very few books have dealt with the subject of science-in-
Four Jews on Parnassus a conversation : Benjamin, Adorno, Scholem, Schönberg by Carl Djerassi ( )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theodor W. Adorno was the prototypical German Jewish non-Jew, Walter Benjamin vacillated between German Jew and Jewish German, Gershom Scholem was a committed Zionist, and Arnold Schönberg converted to Protestantism for professional reasons but later returned to Judaism. Carl Djerassi, himself a refugee from Hitler's Austria, dramatizes a dialogue between these four men in which they discuss fraternity, religious identity, and legacy as well as reveal aspects of their lives-notably their relations with their wives-that many have ignored, underemphasized, or misrepresented.The desi
This man's pill : reflections on the 50th birthday of the pill by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This Man's Pill presents a revisionist account of the early history of the Pill, debunking many of the journalistic and romantic accounts of its scientific origin. Djerassi does not shrink from exploring why we have no Pill for men or why Japan only approved the Pill in 1999 (together with Viagra). Emphasizing that development of the Pill occurred during the post-War period of technological euphoria, he believes that it could not be repeated in today's climate. Would the sexual revolution of the 1960s or the impending separation of sex ('in bed') and fertilization ('under the microscope') still have happened? This Man's Pill answers such questions while providing a uniquely authoritative account of a discovery that changed the world."--Jacket
Steroid reactions; an outline for organic chemists by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
11 editions published between 1963 and 1979 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Bourbaki gambit : a novel by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An experiment by a group of aged scientists, incensed by society's retirement of people because of old age. They band under a pseudonym and come up with an invention in gene reproduction, proving that old age is no obstacle to creativity. By the author of Cantor's Dilemma
Oxygen : a play in two acts by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What is discovery? Why is it important to be first? These questions trouble the characters in 'Oxygen'. The action alternates between 1777 and 2001, the Centenary of the Nobel Prize, when the Nobel Foundation decides to inaugurate a 'retro-Nobel' award for discoveries that preceded the establishment of the Prize in 1901. The Foundation thinks this will be easy. In the good old days, wasn't science done for science's sake? Wasn't discovery simple, pure, and unalloyed by controversy, priority, claims, and hype? The Nobel Committee decides to reward the discovery of Oxygen, since that launched the Chemical Revolution. Lavoisier is a natural choice. But what about Scheele? What about Priestley? Didn't they first discover oxygen? The play brings the candidates and their wives to 1777 Stockholm at the invitation of King Gustav III. Through the scientists' wives, in a sauna and elsewhere, we learn of their lives and those of their husbands. Meanwhile in 2001, the Nobel Committee argues about the conflicting claims of the three men. The ethical issues around priority and discovery at the heart of this play are as timely today as they were in 1777. As are the ironies of revolutions: Lavoisier, the chemical revolutionary, is a political conservative, who loses his life in the Jacobin terror. Priestley, the political radical, is a chemical conservative. And Scheele just wants to run his pharmacy. He, the first man on earth to make oxygen, got least credit for it. Will that situation be repaired 230 years after his discovery?"--Inside front flap
Menachem's seed : a novel by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
9 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and German and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At a conference on reproductive biology in Switzerland, a childless American woman has an affair with an Israeli scientist. She steals his sperm and after in vitro fertilization gives birth. Will she tell him? The man is married
NO : a novel by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
10 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and German and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new fertility drug is developed in Israel with the help of the heroine, Renu Krishnan, a postgraduate student from India. She personally assists the inventor in his erection tests and becomes involved in the marketing of the drug. A look at the way new drugs are developed
Marx, deceased : a novel by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
6 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stephen Marx, a novelist curious to know what people think of his work, fakes his death in order to read about himself. The first disappointment comes when a major critic drops plans for a book on Marx after falling in love with Marx's wife
From the lab into the world : a pill for people, pets, and bugs by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
6 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Carl Djerassi, world famous for the first synthesis of the active progestational ingredient of the Pill, speaks out on a wide variety of topics in this captivating book. Djerassi's personal growth from laboratory scientist to spokesman on scientific issues as well as the myriad ways that developments in the laboratory can affect people all over the world are presented in this engaging collection of essays."--]book jacket]
Paul Klee : masterpieces of the Djerassi Collection by Paul Klee ( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An immaculate misconception : sex in an age of mechanical reproduction by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the most challenging issues of the 21st century is the impending separation of sex (in bed) and reproduction (under the microscope) as a result of recent advances in contraception and assisted reproduction. Many of the ethical and societal issues associated with these new reproductive technologies, notably intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), are raised in an unusual format - namely in dialogic form - which is both entertaining and pedagogically informative
How I beat Coca-Cola and other tales of one-upmanship by Carl Djerassi ( )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sex in an age of technological reproduction : ICSI and Taboos by Carl Djerassi ( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Two of the most startling developments in contemporary science have radically disrupted the historical connection between sex and reproduction: in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) - an assisted reproductive technique that directly injects a single sperm into an egg. The word play ICSI - designed for classroom readings - presents, in the format of a contentious talk-show dialogue, the science of direct-injection fertilization and the ethical issues connected with it. A DVD included in the book provides video of the ICSI injection process as viewed through a microscope, to be used in performances of the ICSI one-act dialogue. Taboos, a full-length play, turns the screws on characters that reflect a polarized America. Two couples - lesbian partners and a conservative husband and wife struggling with infertility - must make choices in a drama that examines the disjunction of sexual reproduction and the physical act of sex."--BOOK JACKET
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Alternative Names
Carl Djerassi
Djerassi, Carl, 1923-
Джерасси, К., 1923-
ジェラッシ, カール
English (221)
German (16)
Spanish (11)
Chinese (2)
Italian (1)