In Retrospect: From the Pill to the Pen

In Retrospect: From the Pill to the Pen by Carl Djerassi

Synopsis: These are the reflections of a nonagenarian polymath describing the shift from a fifty-year-long career as a world-famous chemist to a subsequent twenty-five-year immersion in “science-in-fiction” and “science-in-theater,” which is virtually unique among contemporary scientists. Sharply self-critical, yet full of humor, this autobiographical account covers themes such as the future of sex in an age of technological reproduction, the history of the Pill seen through the eyes of one of its inventors, innovative — even unique — pedagogic experiments, the insoluble homelessness of a refugee, suicide, and art collecting.

Published: October 2014 | ISBN: 978-1783265329

Mini-bio: Carl Djerassi was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, and playwright. He is best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills, nicknamed the father of the pill. Wikipedia

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