What Is Life ? - Carl Zimmer


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Welcome to Indian Genes, Im your host Joaquim Gonsalves and today we have a truly captivating guest who is a prolific author, renowned science writer, and an expert in his field. With an impressive fourteen books under his belt, including his latest work, "Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive," he delves into the depths of scientific exploration and invites us to question the very essence of life itself.

As the writer of the acclaimed "Origins" column for the New York Times, he has earned numerous accolades throughout his career and His exceptional work has been recognized with prestigious awards, including the esteemed Stephen Jay Gould Prize, presented by the Society for the Study of Evolution. His contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic were instrumental in securing the New York Times the well-deserved public service Pulitzer Prize in 2021.

It comes as no surprise that his books have received widespread acclaim. Three of his literary creations have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, showcasing his remarkable ability to engage readers with his insightful and thought-provoking narratives. One particular gem, "She Has Her Mother's Laugh," went on to win the distinguished 2019 National Academies Communication Award and was hailed as the best science book of 2018 by The Guardian.

his captivating voice extends beyond the written word, as he has become a familiar presence on radio programs like Radiolab, enriching our auditory exploration of the wonders of science. Additionally, as a professor at Yale University, he imparts his vast knowledge to the next generation of curious minds, nurturing the spirit of scientific inquiry.

What truly sets him apart is the extraordinary honor of having both a species of tapeworm and an asteroid named after him. This singular distinction is a testament to his invaluable contributions to the world of science and the remarkable impact he has made throughout his career.

So, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for an intellectual journey as we get into the depths of his vast expertise. And It is an honor to have him on our show, and I am certain that his insights will leave an indelible mark on all our listners . Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome on the Indian Geenes exclusive Carl Zimmer!