Et Cetera, Et Cetera by Lewis Thomas
Notes of a Word-Watcher

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This is a book about simple but important words, and how they shed light on the way the human mind works. The author, winner of the National Book Award, examines the origin of words, the development of language, and tells us how language preserves us, binds us, and makes us a social species.

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Lewis Thomas was born in Flushing, New York, and received his medical degree from Harvard University, with a specialization in internal medicine and pathology. He has been a professor at several medical schools, as well as dean of the Yale Medical School. Most recently Thomas has been chancellor and president emeritus of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and professor of medicine at the Cornell Medical School. His erudite books have earned him a wide audience, making him one of the best-known advocates of science in the United States during the past 20 years. For example, The Lives of a Cell won the National Book Award in arts and letters in 1974, and The Medusa and the Snail won the American Book Award for science in 1981.
Published October 1, 1990 by Little Brown & Co (T). 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1990 ISBN: 1566491665 Page count: ...

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In these short, investigative essays, Thomas explores words' origins and historical transformations, remarks on words he considers particularly likable or deplorable, and muses on the probable development of a universal language.

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