The Art and Politics of Science-Harold Varmus

  • Title: The Art and Politics of Science
  • Author: Harold Varmus
  • Released: 2009-02-02
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  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN: 0393061280
  • ISBN13: 978-0393061284
  • ASIN: 0393061280


Review “Varmus offers a plain-spoken and fascinating story of his path from graduate student in English literature to the forefront of biomedical research. His journey to the highest echelons of the scientific establishment is as interesting for its incidental details as for its glimpse into the process of modern biomedical science.” (Seth Shulman - The Washington Post )

“[A] perceptive book about science and its civic value, arriving as the White House renews its acquaintance with empiricism. Varmus recounts his laboratory career and tenure as director of the National Institutes of Health, then surveys topical issues like stem-cell research. One implication of this book is that far from disconnecting politics and science, we should find better ways of linking them.” (Peter Dizikes - The New York Times )

“An engaging read, fascinating as a memoir of Varmus’s personal and scientific journeys, revealing in its account of his stewardship of the NIH. The book is like the man—honest and clear-eyed, thoughtful and outspoken, always good company, with more than a frequent touch of humour and self-deprecation.” (Scientific American )

From the Back Cover “The Art and Politics of Science is a unique work by a remarkable global leader: a brilliant scientist with the sensibilities of an artist and the leadership skills of a consummate politician. Harold Varmus has done it all—Nobel Prize–winning breakthroughs in cancer biology, masterful leadership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during its period of greatest expansion, statesmanship of the highest order in global health, and cheerful trench warfare to bring biomedical publications to the open-source Internet age. [This] book is captivating, fascinating, and ever instructive. It will be read the world over with enormous delight and benefit.”—Jeffrey D. Sachs, director, The Earth Institute

“Through an artful melding of science and policy, Harold Varmus conveys not only the excitement of forefront research but also the richly textured human dramas that swirl around pivotal discoveries.”—Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe
“Varmus makes this era’s revolution in biological knowledge as comprehensible as it possibly can be. Varmus’s broad abilities in scientific, literary, and political realms are evident in this graceful and often gently humorous book.”—James Fallows, author of Blind into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq

“If you’ve ever wondered about the early life of a budding scientist, the experience of doing cutting-edge research, or the translation of brilliant work into public service, read the account of this passionate, politically engaged, deeply humane scientist and marvel at the richness of a life well spent.”—Andrea Barrett, National Book Award–winning author of Ship Fever
“Harold Varmus is a person of legendary charm and limitless vision who has put his gifted mind to the service of science, health, and above all . . . the people of the world. I loved this book.”—Donna E. Shalala, president, University of Miami, and former secretary, Health and Human Services

“Any time any one of us has a cancer scare, or worse, we can be grateful to Harold Varmus and his extraordinary life in science. We are all lucky that Dr. Varmus left literature for medicine. And now, reading this book, we can be grateful that he is so very gifted in both.”—Jonathan Weiner, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Beak of the Finch pdf