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Privileged hands : a scientific life

Author: Geerat J Vermeij
Publisher: New York ; Basingstoke : W.H. Freeman, 1996, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"His fingers move across the surface of a shell, feeling the ridges and contours, searching for clues, gathering information unnoticed by the untrained eye. For Dr. Geerat Vermeij's fingers are his eyes. One of the most accomplished evolutionary biologists of our time and the world's leading authority on an ancient "arms race" among mollusks, Dr. Vermeij is blind." "No ordinary autobiography, Privileged Hands is the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Geerat J Vermeij; Geerat J Vermeij
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geerat J Vermeij
ISBN: 0716731991 9780716731993
OCLC Number: 40179595
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Winner of American Museum of Natural History: John Burroughs Award 1996
Description: xi, 297 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Geerat Vermeij.

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Dr. Geerat Vermejj is a blind evolutionary biologist, associated in particular with the "arms race" among molluscs. This is an autobiography of his challenges and triumphs - how he "sees" by moving  Read more...

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   schema:reviewBody ""His fingers move across the surface of a shell, feeling the ridges and contours, searching for clues, gathering information unnoticed by the untrained eye. For Dr. Geerat Vermeij's fingers are his eyes. One of the most accomplished evolutionary biologists of our time and the world's leading authority on an ancient "arms race" among mollusks, Dr. Vermeij is blind." "No ordinary autobiography, Privileged Hands is the story of Dr. Vermeij's challenge and triumph. What makes his story so compelling is how he sees and what his insights reveal about the wonder of life on planet Earth. His exhaustive research of ancient and living mollusks, particularly shells, is extraordinary in its scope and perspective about how species arm themselves, compete, and survive. This is an intriguing irony for someone whose incomparable story is characterized by an unfailing determination to thrive in a sighted world and in the world of science. For Dr. Vermeij's self-portrait is also a portrait of the practice of science - his views on evolution and biodiversity, and the importance of observation are as much the story as are his family relationships, education, and position on affirmative action."--Back cover." ;
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