Panic in Level 4 : Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

Description

Panic in Level 4 is a grand tour through the eerie and unforgettable universe of Richard Preston, filled with incredible characters and mysteries that refuse to leave one's mind. Here are dramatic true stories from this acclaimed and award-winning author, including - the phenomenon of "self-cannibals," who suffer from a rare genetic condition caused by one wrong letter in their DNA that forces them to compulsively chew their own flesh-and why everyone may have a touch of this disease - the search for the unknown host of Ebola virus, an organism hidden somewhere in African rain forests, where the disease finds its way into the human species, causing outbreaks of unparalleled horror - the brilliant Russian brothers-"one mathematician divided between two bodies"-who built a supercomputer in their apartment from mail-order parts in an attempt to find hidden order in the number pi (π) In exhilarating detail, Preston portrays the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world, once again proving himself a master of the nonfiction narrative.

Details

Author(s)
Richard Preston
Format
Paperback | 194 pages
Dimensions
134 x 202 x 13mm | 186g
Publication date
16 Jun 2009
Publisher
Random House USA Inc
Imprint
Random House Inc
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
081297560X
ISBN13
9780812975604
Bestsellers rank
79,389