Brave Genius

Brave Genius

A Scientist, A Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize

Book - 2013
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"The never-before-told account of two of the most insightful minds of the twentieth century--Jacques Monod and Albert Camus--and a dramatic story of how hardship and courage can unleash creative genius"--Dust jacket back.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307952332
0307952339
0307952347
9780307952349
Characteristics: x, 581 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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ChristchurchLib Feb 16, 2016

Most people would be surprised to find common bonds between a Nobel-winning scientist and another Nobel laureate in literature, but in Brave Genius scientist Sean Carroll explores the relationship between author Albert Camus and biologist Jacques Monod. During World War II, they separately joined the French Resistance and survived significant danger in its service. They met for the first time after the war and bonded over their shared abhorrence of communism. Carroll traces their earlier lives, vividly portrays their war service, and clearly and accessibly describes their scientific and philosophical achievements. .

ChristchurchLib Feb 16, 2016

Most people would be surprised to find common bonds between a Nobel-winning scientist and another Nobel laureate in literature, but in Brave Genius scientist Sean Carroll explores the relationship between author Albert Camus and biologist Jacques Monod. During World War II, they separately joined the French Resistance and survived significant danger in its service. They met for the first time after the war and bonded over their shared abhorrence of communism. Carroll traces their earlier lives, vividly portrays their war service, and clearly and accessibly describes their scientific and philosophical achievements. .

Dieckmann May 27, 2014

This is a very good book. The history of WWII from the view of France was unique and I learned a lot. I am a scientist and I enjoyed learning more about Jakob and Monod, who I consider to be science heroes. And, never having taken Philosophy, it was interesting to get a bit of schooling about Camus. I thought the book was fairly well written, though I got a little bogged down in the part about Hungary and Algeria, and sometimes got the two mixed up. Once the focus was on the extraction of the Hungarian science couple, it was gripping. Kudos to Sean Carroll.

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Rock_Shadow
Dec 12, 2013

An epic story of war, resistance, literature, philosophy, and science. Caroll combined a lot of topics, but they worked for me - I read the book thoroughly. I learned new things about the way French government and people handled the Nazi occupation, and was fascinated by Camus and Monod's personal heroism within the WWII resistance. The story is not really about their friendship, though we learn about it; it is about their connection to the cause of resistance and their individual fights for human dignity. The result is a timeless story about meaning of one's life when facing ultimate adversity.

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