Dancing Naked in the Mind Field by Kary Mullis

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Here is a multidimensional playland of ideas from the world's most eccentric Nobel-Prize winning scientist. Kary Mullis is legendary for his invention of PCR, which redefined the world of DNA, genetics, and forensic science. He is also a surfer, a veteran of Berkeley in the sixties, and perhaps the only Nobel laureate to describe a possible encounter with aliens. A scientist of boundless curiosity, he refuses to accept any proposition based on secondhand or hearsay evidence, and always looks for the "money trail" when scientists make announcements.

Mullis writes with passion and humor about a wide range of topics: from global warming to the O. J. Simpson trial, from poisonous spiders to HIV, from scientific method to astrology. Dancing Naked in the Mind Field challenges us to question the authority of scientific dogma even as it reveals the workings of an uncannily original scientific mind.

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About Kary Mullis

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Kary Mullis lives in La Jolla and Anderson Valley, California.
Published November 17, 2010 by Vintage. 240 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Partway through this breezy autobiography, Nobel laureate Mullis suddenly seems like someone you might want to invite to a dinner party—informed, entertaining, even brilliant.

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Here, he gives his take on personalities in the trial and explains why he thinks the LAPD's handling of the blood samples was like running a ""one-man line-up."" Some of Mullis's opinions, like his slightly muddled critique of global warming and his defense of astrology (he didn't receive the Nob...

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London Review of Books

Interviewed in 1994, he said that he was willing to confront Gallo on TV, ‘to chase the little bastard from his car to his office and say, “This is Kary Mullis trying to ask you a goddamn simple question,” and let the cameras follow.’ ‘I don’t care about making an ass of myself because most peopl...

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