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Paperback | $22.00 Short | £15.95 | ISBN: 9780262610773| 6 x 9 in | February 1992

The Atheist and the Holy City

Encounters and Reflections


In this series of 15 essays, which won the Letterstedt Prize, Sweden's equivalent of the Pulitzer, distinguished cell biologist George Klein shares his considerable insights on science and on human nature. Organized loosely as "The Wisdom and Folly of Scientists," "Journeys," "Viruses and Cancer," and "La Condition Humaine," the essays range from lucid explanations of biological and genetic processes to personal remembrances and studies of famous scientists to discussions of the complicity of science and medicine in the Nazi extermination camps.


"Delightful, informative, beautifully written, George Klein's book offers the reader humorous wisdom and reasons for hope.", Elie Wiesel,
"Elegant and learned essays... As a youth, [Klein] witnessed the Nazi invasion of Hungary, and later be discovered the shocking cooperation of scientists with the 'final solution.' This firsthand experience of evil has given him a compassionate and ethical outlook.", Carol J. Lichtenberg, Library Journal