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The Violinist's Thumb is a journey through DNA, the double-helix of life itself. The slates that follow document the scientific discoveries that lead us to grasp DNA and the critical role it played in the development of life on Earth.

Sam Kean is a writer from the United States. He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, Psychology Today, and The New Scientist, among other publications. He has also written five books in which he discusses scientific findings in a narrative format. The Wall Street Journal, Library Journal, and The New York Times all gave him favourable reviews for his books. He grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and now resides in Washington, D.C.

• Those interested in genetics, evolution, and the origins of life on Earth
• Whoever is interested in the scientific findings that have led us to appreciate the significance of our DNA
• People curious about the future of genetic engineering should read this.