May 22, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee returns to Town Hall to discuss his newest book The Gene: An Intimate History. Mukherjee weaves together exhaustive scientific research with intimate biographical stories to explore human heredity. Using the story of his family’s history of mental illness, Mukherjee translates the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. He describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. Paul Berg, winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry, says “The Gene is a magnificent synthesis of the science of life, and forces all to confront the essence of that science as well as the ethical and philosophical challenges to our conception of what constitutes being human.” In conversation with Steve Davis, CEO of PATH, Mukherjee shares stories and findings from his life and work. This event is sponsored by PATH.
Recorded live at Town Hall Seattle Monday, May 15, 2017