Thursday, May 10, 2018

Primo Levi, the Italian-Jewish Chemist

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Primo Levi [born in 1919 in Turin, Italy–died in 1987 in Turin, Italy]. Although I have read a number of books by Levi, my favourite is The Periodic Table, originally published in Italian as Il sistema periodico, in 1975; and translated into English, by Raymond Rosenthal, and published in 1984. The book is beautifully and elegantly written (and translated, as well), an admixture of poetry and science, a book that could only have been written by a man like Primo Levi, who suffered as he did, who had a heart as he did. This is unquestionably the best science book I have ever read, an idea that echoes what many many other writers have said over the years. If you have not read it yet, I implore you to do so. It will change your life; it will increase your understanding and knowledge. For more, go [here], [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
Courtesy: The New York Times & Gianni Giansanti; Corbis

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