My life in science

Witkowski, J. A. (January 2002) My life in science. Nature, 415 (6869). p. 263. ISSN 0028-0836

DOI: 10.1038/415263a


In April and May of 1994, Sydney Brenner sat down in front of a video camera and talked to Lewis Wolpert, recording enough to fill 15 videotapes. Errol Friedberg and Eleanor Lawrence have taken sections from the transcript of the interviews and woven them, with linking and explanatory passages added by Friedberg, into My Life in Science, an 'autobiography' of Brenner's more than 50 years of research. I opened this book with considerable misgivings. Of all the ways to set words on paper, transcription is the least satisfactory, as anyone who has had to edit a transcript knows. The most polished phrases can be reduced to mere platitudes or worse, while every hesitation, deviation and non sequitur is recorded for the continuing embarrassment of the speaker. I am glad to say that in the present case my fears were misplaced; Brenner, Wolpert, Friedberg and Lawrence have produced an informative and entertaining book, redolent with Brenner's voice.

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Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: January 2002
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2013 18:42
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