From the author of the bestselling "The Man Who Knew Infinity" comes an unprecedented look at the traditional master-apprenticeship relationship alive today in modern science. Along the way, using interviews and anecdotes, Kanigel takes readers into the heady world of a remarkable group of scientists at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University and captures the drama of their breakthrough discoveries.
A beguiling combination of sociological and scientific scholarship, straight reporting and titillating voyeurism. * Isis * Making extensive use of interviews and anecdote, Kanigel depicts how, in a mentor-to-protege chain starting with James Shannon and moving to Bernard Brodie and then to Julius Axelrod, the legacy of creativity and empirical style has passed to Snyder and then to Pert. * Science * As compelling as a Jackie Collins novel, though with bigger words. * Chicago Tribune *