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The Clock of Ages: Why We Age, How We Age, Winding Back the Clock (Paperback)
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The Clock of Ages: Why We Age, How We Age, Winding Back the Clock (Paperback)

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Paperback 348 Pages / Published: 13/08/1997
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Anyone who has watched a wrinkle slowly gouge their face like a strip mine, or has been disturbed by a loss of memory, has uncomfortably confronted the human ageing process. The inexorable march of time on our bodies begs an important question: why do we have to grow old? Written in everyday language, The Clock of Ages takes us on a tour of the ageing human body - all from a research scientist's point of view. From the deliberate creation of organisms that live three times their natural span to the isolation of human genes that may allow us to do the same, The Clock of Ages also examines the latest discoveries in geriatric genetics. Sprinkled throughout the pages are descriptions of the aging of many historical figures, such as Florence Nightingale, Jane Austen, Bonaparte and Casanova. These stories underscore the common bond that unites us all: they aged, even as we do. The Clock of Ages tells you why.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521594561
Number of pages: 348
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This is simply a fantastic book ... the best biology book written for the lay public for many years.' Eric D. Albright, Library Journal
'... a tour around the ageing human body, conducted with elegance and verve.' Susan Aldridge, Focus
'A tour of human ageing that aims to educate and entertain.' Nature
'An entertaining and edifying book with a cast of characters ...'. Roy Herbert, New Scientist '... an enjoyable as well as very informative book'. T. Franklin Williams, Journal of Urban Health
'... this fascinating book takes us on a comprehensive tour of our ageing bodies, inside and out ... Clearly illustrated and very readable, the book approaches what is often a taboo subject with both humor and humanity.' The Good Book Guide
"...Medina presents the research in a readable, even amusing, fashion...Diagrams accompanying each section help explain the aging process in a clear and meaningful way...Recommended." Bonnie Morris, Book Report
"If you're one of the many who confront the mysteries of aging every time they look in the mirror, this book may be for you." Ellen Emry Heltzel, Portland Oregonian
"It's one thing to do the work of science--testing, experimenting, discovering. It's another to communicate that work with those science serves. John Medina is one who does the latter in exemplary fashion." Bill Dietrich, Seattle Times
"...a fascinating book about aging and what it means to the human body." Bob Trimble, Dallas Morning News
"...this fascinating book takes us on a comprehensive tour of our aging bodies, inside and out...Clearly illustrated and very readable, the book approaches what is often a taboo subject with both humor and humanity." The Good Book Guide
"The author, a molecular biologist and unusually gifted writer-interpreter from the esoteric world of high science...will leave even the scientifically illiterate with some understanding of the complex and mysterious ways of the 60 trillion cells that make our bodies tick...Medina's reporting and his insights challenge and expand the mind." Natalie Davis Springarn, Washington Post
"...the best illustrations on aging and the body I've seen recently in a mass market publication..." John A. Cutter, St. Petersburg, FL Times
"An entertaining and edifying book with a cast of characters including Oscar Wilde and Billy the Kid as a bonus." Roy Herbert, New Scientist
"This is simply a fantastic book...the best biology book written for the lay public to appear in many years." Eric D. Albright, Library Journal
"...the most reader-friendly book to date about growing old....From this unique-and some would say optimistic-perspective, Medina attempts to humanize aging and death." Medical and Health Annual

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