"Carl Djerassi, who is a scientist, artist, philosopher and mensch
all in one, has produced the very best of scientific autobiography...Read
-Stephen Jay Gould
"Delightfully unconventional...hilarious and wide-ranging."
-Arthur C. Clarke
Father of the birth control pill, developer of antihistamines,
founder of biomedical companies, teacher of world-class chemists, best-selling
novelist. . . . As The Scientist notes, "Few can match Carl
Djerassi's juggling act for success and longevity." Here is Djerassi's
remarkable autobiography. Blending vivid descriptions of the lucrative world
of drug development with controversial chapters on the politics of contraception
and poignant disclosures about his personal life, this book tells the story
of one of the most productive and socially conscious chemists working today.
The Pill, Pygmy Chimps, and Degas' Horse chronicles Djerassi's many
successful careers in science, business, the academy, and the arts (he is
a published poet and novelist, as well as the founder of an artists' colony).
His growing appreciation for the soft side of science - its human and humane
aspects - have long been reflected in the courses he teaches at Stanford,
in the plot of his novel, Cantor's Dilemma, and in his decision to
found one of the first environmentally aware pesticide companies. In this
intellectually challenging book, the reader is let into the fertile mind
and psyche of one of the few Renaissance men of twentieth-century science.
-from the book jacket of The Pill, Pygmy Chimps, and Degas' Horse
Carl Djerassi's autobiography, The Pill, Pygmy Chimps, and Degas' Horse,
hardback published by Basic Books
New York, New York
© 1992 by Carl Djerassi
Paperback edition published by Basic Books
© 1993 by Carl Djerassi
Plunkett Lake Press, 2014
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